– by Joseph Jammer Medina

You don’t have to be a movie expert to know that comic book flicks are a huge deal nowadays. With the billions that have been made by Marvel, DC, Fox, and Sony in the past fifteen-plus years, it’s easy to see why Hollywood is always looking for the next hot property to take to the big screen.

THR is now reporting that Lionsgate is developing a film based on the graphic novel The Monolith, which has been coined as a modern re-telling of the classic Golem legend.

Here’s what THR had to say about the property.

The Monolith centers on Alice Cohen, an ex-junkie who inherits a house in Brooklyn from her deceased grandmother. She discovers a diary there that reveals the creation of a monster in the 1930s set on revenge for the slaying of a good man. Twelve issues, all written by Gray and Palmiotti, were published in 2004 and 2005.”

The Monolith is set to be the directorial debut of Dave Wilson. While not many people know his name, it’s worthnoting that Wilson is the creative director of Blur Studios, the same studio that Deadpool director Tim Miller founded. While this will be the first movie he’s directed, Wilson has a decent amount of experience in video games, and he even served as creative supervisor in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Writing the script is another relatively new talent, Barnett Brettler, and The Monoloith will serve as Brettler’s first produced feature screenplay (unless you count his hour-long drama 20 Mississippi, which only clocks in at one hour). 

Given that I’m not familiar with the source material, and that the talent on board is relatively wet behind the ears, it’s hard to gauge where my expectations should be, but given that it seems to be a darker take on the superhero mythology we’ve grown to love, it could make for an interesting film.

What do you think of Lionsgate developing a Monolith film? Is this a good choice, or does the idea seem uninspired and yawn-inducing? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.