Taika Waititi To Adapt Comic Book Series ‘The Incal’ For Film

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‘Thor Ragnorak’ director Taika Waititi is tackling another comic book project with the announcement that he is adaption the Humanoid graphic novel series ‘The Incal.’ The comic books were written by writer Alejandro Jodorowsky and drawn by illustrator Jean Giraud.

SyFy explains, “The series, which first kicked off in 1980, follows John Difool, a lowly detective operating in a seedy dystopian world who finds his entire life upended when he stumbles upon a mystical artifact called The Incal. This unintended discovery puts Difool in the sights of powerful enemies like Metabaron (the galaxy’s greatest warrior) and tasks him with saving all life everywhere.”

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“The ideas about who we are and what makes us up … With a lot of things, the more you read something or the more you experience something, the more it unlocks and the more you know. Sometimes, I’ll re-read it and I feel like I know less. Then other times I’ll read it and I know twice as much more or I’ll see something else that unlocks, so it’s always changing for me. But in a good way,” Waititi explained in an announcement video.

On the protagonist, he said, “He doesn’t really know what he’s doing, he looks like an idiot because he’s got that big piece of gauze over his nose and stuff. He’s sort of bumbling his way through this thing and I just love the idea of someone who has no idea what he’s doing in his life [who] is then being charged with saving the universe.”

“Imagine how I feel, that someone other than me will film The Incal,” joked Jodorowsky. “If I were 40-years-old, I would be enraged! Depressed, as if it were stolen from me … But now that I’m 92-years-old, I’m not in any condition to make this huge epic.”

Humanoids began publishing ‘The Incal’ in 1980 and would have a series of spin-offs that developed what many fans call the “Metabarons Universe.”

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