As this writer got into reading comics, he noticed that dozens of movies are comic adaptations. It was a startling realization to see Men in Black, The Mask, Wanted, Oblivion, The Crow, Kick-Ass, Snowpiercer, The Rocketeer, 30 Days of Night, etc. all comic-books initially. What about the other way around? There’s Star Wars, Predator, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and not much else to recall after that. So here are this writer’s top 5 films that need comic spin-offs.
Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)
A cult classic filled with stoner humor and dumb, but memorable, scenes. From Dude! Sweet!, to And Den! And Den! And Den!, to Special treats are code for sex, this film has the goods when it comes to laughs. Matching Jessie and Chester with Schwarzenegger lookalike aliens, sexy, leather wearing evil aliens, the nerdy Zoltan clan, and a Continuum Transfuntioner, Dude, Where’s My Car? sets up a perfectly ridiculous universe to build up and spread out. Is it wrong that this writer wants more of these factions and characters? Absolutely not!
Preferred publisher: Archie Comics
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Considered Tarantino’s crown jewel (there’s a lot of awesome films to choose from), and a modern classic, Pulp Fiction brought dialogue and story structure to places it had never been to before back in the 90s. It’s safe to say the world needs more Jules/Vincent storylines, perhaps showing us what happens to Jules as he walks the earth or Butch getting into a bar fight, killing somebody with his bare hands, and having to deal with that. Perhaps Fabienne leaves Butch because of his violent nature? What of Marcellus and Mia’s relationship also? The thought of this spin-off has tremendous potential
Preferred publisher: Vertigo
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
So it turns out there are some very obscure Ace Ventura: Pet Detective comics by Nigel Parkinson floating around on the web that ran parallel with the 1995-2000 animated series. The original comics aren’t bad, but were obviously made for children. Ace needs an update in the comic world, with more adult humor and higher stakes, suitable for today’s audiences. Alrighty then? Alrighty then!
Publisher: Boom! Studios
One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest (1975)
This writer wouldn’t mind reading a direct comic adaptation of this classic, but a storyline could still be crafted. A revenge story where Chief Bromden comes back to destroy one of films best villains, Nurse Ratched, and their entire operation—releasing his fellow mental patients. So far this is halfway realized. Penguin Classics released an edition of Ken Kesey’s novel with a comic cover, and it looks fitting for the adaptation.
Osmosis Jones (2001)
This writer can’t wait to see Inside Out (and it’s probably a much better film than my fifth choice), but Osmosis Jones deserves a little credit as a stepping stone for the former film. Sentient germy-beings inside of a body conveniently built like Nar Shaddaa of the Star Wars universe, with enough crime to need a hero is an intriguing premise. Osmosis Jones is set up for the perfect buddy-cop storyline, with an entire human body to work with. Think of all the bodily puns that could be made!
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