During his 17 years writing the X-Men, from 1974 to 1991, Chris Claremont took the title from the brink of cancellation to being the best-selling comic of all time, co-creating more iconic characters than any comic-book writer since Stan Lee. Over the course of his run, Claremont remained remarkably fluid, changing with the times. Today, the “X-books” remain a massive franchise that spans comics, movies, video games, and TV. But unlike most such properties, the X-Men we know and love is mostly one man’s vision. Claremont’s work has inspired writers like Joss Whedon and Matt Fraction and redefined the super-team, creating a set of stories (such as “The Dark Phoenix Saga”) that endures decades after original publication.
Comics in Focus: Chris Claremont’s X-Men takes an in-depth look at Claremont’s monumental run. Using high-profile interviews, the film explores the behind-the-scenes development of notable characters like Wolverine, Storm, and Phoenix, as well as the challenges of creating art within a corporate system.
The film includes new interviews with many of the biggest players involved, including Claremont, Louise Simonson, Ann Nocenti, Art Adams, and Jim Shooter. Particularly notable is a roundtable interview featuring Claremont, Simonson, and Nocenti, together for the first time in 10 years. The film will also include new interviews with comics scholars (such as Tom McLean and Peter Sanderson) and contemporary artists inspired by Claremont’s work (such as Jason Aaron).
The film will be produced by the same team behind the critically-acclaimed documentaries Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods and Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts. It is directed by Patrick Meaney and produced by a partnership between Sequart Research & Literacy Organization and Respect Films.
If successful, this will be the first in a new series of short-form documentaries, titled Comics in Focus and offering in-depth looks at significant works that shaped comics history, using interviews with the people who helped shape it. These documentaries will be 45-60 minutes long and released through direct download and online DVD sales, allowing us to tackle important subjects that don’t fit into the high-profile, feature-length format.
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