It was announced today at Comic-Con, and reported here on Variety.com, that Leverage Productions, owned by Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg, best known for producing Entourage and Boardwalk Empire, and for being Mark effing Wahlberg, purchased the film rights to The Amory Wars graphic novel series.
This is amazing and perplexing news. Becuase The Amory Wars aren’t exactly standard, even for comics and sci-fi fare. They’re the elaborate imagining of this man:
That’s Claudio Sanchez, front man of the best band to come out of the Emo scene, Coheed & Cambria. I love Coheed & Cambria, more than is probably healthy, but that’s what happens when you fall in love with a band during adolescence, you never let them go.
Currently, Coheed has released four studio albums, all of which connect in the epic story of the Kilgannon family, who’s eldest son Claudio is the savior of a group of planets called Heaven’s Fence, held together by a mystical energy, called The Keywork. I think, I don’t know, I haven’t read the novels yet, and with just the music the details get a little sketchy.
I’m a huge fan of Wahlberg’s, and I think that both Boardwalk Empire and Entourage are exceptional pieces of work. But I’m not exactly sure if I trust him and Levinson to translate my favorite band’s work in to film.
However, I am choosing to be optimistic. Because if it means that Coheed & Cambria are going to get mind explodingly huge, and I can be smug and say “pfft, I’ve loved Coheed for ten years, what’s yours point?” I’ll be thoroughly satisfied.
But if Johnny Drama shows up, I’m boycotting…