Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper just became the first Virgin Comics book to earn a movie deal. And it looks like Ed Burns’ Dock Walloper is about to be the second.
Actually, Rosario Dawson’s Occult Crime Taskforce also got a deal with Dimension, so expect a whole bunch of celebrity-backed comic books to become movies some time soon. Co-written by Burns and Jimmy Palmiotti, the story is "a stylized gangster tale set in the 1920s, where Prohibition has created a struggle to control the criminal underworld."
According to Variety, Mr. Burns (no, not that Mr. Burns) plans to recreate the era by using lots of green-screens. Just like they did with Sin City and 300. The writer/director will play a gangster in the film, but he’ll also be casting for a few stars too. Although it doesn’t sound like a "traditional" comic book movie, this should make for an interesting experiment. Edward Burns is generally known for chat-heavy indie flicks like She’s the One and The Brothers McMullen.
But hey, you gotta love a title like "Dock Walloper."