Hail, Mandalay! Oni Press's JULIUS Going Cinematic

F. Gary Gray will helm the movie adaptation of the Shakespeare-inspired comic Julius.

By ranthony - Aug 20, 2008 12:08 AM EST
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Source: Variety



Variety's TATIANA SIEGEL reports that F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) has been tapped to direct Mandalay Pictures' big screen adaptation of the Oni Press graphic novel Julius, a contemporary urban crime version of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.


Mandalay's Cathy Schulman said that Gray "has a vision for this adaptation that will satirize obsessive consumerism while providing a thrilling ride for audiences."


Created by Antony Johnston & Brett Weldele, Julius tells the story of a London crime king who is worshipped until he's conspired against by fellow gangsters Brett, Cassidy, Dennis, Steve, Lee, and Kostas.


A review of the comic by The Fourth Rail said that "Johnston blends modern British street vernacular with the flowery meter of Shakespeare, and it makes for a curious result", while Read About Comics called Julius "a wonderful take on the original play, while setting the graphic novel firmly in the twenty-first century."



[Thanks to ELISABETH RAPPE at Cinematical.]
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