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Pop Will Shit Itself with Grant Morrison
Grant Morrison Is..., an interview by Jonathan Ellis.

Getting to Know Your Messiah - Part 1
Deus Ex Machina - Part 3
Sin-e-ma in-va-zhon - Part 4
Occult Eroticism and Techno Zen - Part 5
Enchanter - Part 6

On to your movie deals. What's the Superbia movie script you're working on with Mark Millar about?

Mark and I only did the story together. I ended up writing the script myself. It's a blockbuster superhero story with a new take on the costumed characters and their relation to real life. Typically, it looks like the first twenty minutes of our story is very like the plot of Unbreakable. I don't know if Superbia will ever get made - if it does it will be the greatest superhero movie ever - but if nothing else, it means I have a completed original script sample, which makes it easier to be taken seriously in Hollywood.

Grant Morrison:
“...Then you realize it’s like those things where the guy
gets stranded on the moon with only an alien who’s normally his enemy
but the two of them have to help each other.
And then his mates shoot the alien just as it gets the guy to safety.
It’s like that story.
If you were thrown into any situation with anybody,
you’d soon be their pal…
Wouldn’t you?”

Mark Millar: “That’s true. Aye. But you’d end up being shot.”

Excerpt from

I have no illusions about the movies. I've spent a LOT of time in Hollywood last year and I assume that every idea I sell will be crushed, tweaked, flattened and warped beyond all recognition. I don't mind. I have a thousand ideas per second and I may as well make money from some of them instead of watching other people get rich. If one good movie gets made, fine. If none ever get made and I simply prosper selling treatments, that's fine too. I can still do pure stuff in the comics.

Lawnmower Man: Why? What did you have planned to bring this franchise out of the gutter? Do you think sequels of a mainstream film can handle the type of ideas you have planned?

The owners of the Lawnmower Man franchise contacted me in 1995 and asked me to write treatments for two planned follow-ups which didn't ever materialize. The only real instructions I was given were to bend the LAWNMOWER MAN series in an X-MEN superhero-type direction. Although much of my 90s work was lost in an Apple Mac disaster, the treatments exist out there somewhere and my readers may be interested to hear that 'LAWNMOWER LAND', written in 95 with me still in the first flush of my abduction-experience mania, is about a group of young people who come to realize they are living in a computer generated simulation controlled by INVISIBLES-like extra-dimensional insect beings working through the human executives of a huge games and media multinational. When our young heroes first wake up to reality, they find themselves strapped to beds in a vast filthy hospital on a bombed-out, dying Earth.

The youngsters then realize that if they're living in a computer game then they must have computer sprite powers. By the end of it they're able to fly and they form a kind of superteam. The sequel had the gang searching for a secret online outlaw data-city known as the Infranet.

If all this had happened at the right time - a couple of years later - LAWNMOWER MAN 3: LAWNMOWER LAND might easily have been the first big Gnostic sci-fi action movie of 1998.

Obviously there was a big deal with the Matrix flick, and the use of a lot of your ideas - didn’t you even had a lawsuit against them, and if so why was it dropped? Hell, even John Byrne could have had a case against them.

I never had a lawsuit against the makers of The Matrix. It’s one of those weird stories about me that appear all over the Internet and have no foundation in reality. I’m sure I COULD have sued if I’d wanted to. The parallels are legion and eyewitness accounts from on set have confirmed that the Wachowski’s were heavily influenced by THE INVISIBLES Volume 1, but in the end... I liked the film. I’m looking forward to the next one. It proved they have excellent taste in comic books if nothing else.

The Matrix took powerful Gnostic, Grofian themes, wrapped them in fetish and introduced them into the mainstream entertainment market. That’s exactly the kind of ripple effect I’d hoped THE INVISIBLES would create so in the end I realized there was no point in getting angry or jealous about the success of my own spell. Those were particularly angry days, however; it was sunstorm summer 1999 - spring 2000. I was doing lots of snarly punk solar rituals that year. Turbulent MARVEL BOY magic.

And of course, 'SKRULL KILL KREW/THE KULT'. Is this really going to get made? Bloody alien assassins on the big screen?

Its working its way through the Hollywood system as we speak and, apart from the sad loss of the classic school shooting scene from the opening pages of issue one of the comic version, seems to be gaining interest. Don Murphy has a good track record for getting comic book films made, so we'll see how it works out.


Getting to Know Your Messiah - Part 1
Deus Ex Machina - Part 3
Sin-e-ma in-va-zhon - Part 4
Occult Eroticism and Techno Zen - Part 5
Enchanter - Part 6

Jonathan Ellis is Interviews Editor for PopImage.

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