Director Kevin Munroe Talks DYLAN DOG and Secret CGI Movie at Lucasfilm

     April 6, 2011

Kevin Munroe interview DYLAN DOG and Secret CGI Movie LucasFilm WonderCon slice

With director Kevin Munroe’s Dylan Dog getting released April 29, stars Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington and Munroe were at WonderCon to premiere footage and also answer fan questions.  If you’re not familiar with Dylan Dog, the film blends horror and humor and it’s set in the backstreets of New Orleans.  From the synopsis, “the story revolves around Dylan Dog, the world’s only private investigator of the undead with a business card that features his slogan, “investigator of the paranormal:  no pulse, no problem.”  Along with his assistant Marcus, Dylan will go where the living dare not — facing down friend and foe alike, until justice is done.”

Before the panel, I sat down with Routh and Huntington for a very loose interview.  You can watch it here.  I also got to speak with Munroe. During our extended conversation, we talked about being at WonderCon, how he got attached to Dylan Dog and the long road to release, how his CGI background helped with production, what are his go-to karaoke songs, editing, and he revealed that he’s working on a secret movie project at Lucasfilm that’s all CGI and not related to Star Wars.  Keep in mind, ILM animated Rango. Watch what he had to say after the jump.

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  • Talk about the huge Dylan Dog banner outside.  He appreciates the American understanding of the tone.
  • 0:55 – They showed two character-based scenes from the film at WonderCon.
  • 1:30 – It took a while to set up domestic distribution, but he’s happy with Freestyle Releasing.
  • 2:25 – He was a fan of Dylan Dog before he received the script.  He prepared storyboards, sketched monster designs, and clips from other movies for his pitch to the studio.
  • 3:15 – The original script was set in New York.  He knew they would have to change it from the London of the comic, and New Orleans popped into his mind as the perfect new setting.  He takes pride in using local New Orleans crews.
  • 4:35 – Munroe comes from a CGI background, so he planned each with the editing in mind.  He praises the work of editor Paul Hirsch.
  • 6:05 – His go-to karaoke songs are “Love Will Keep Us Together” and “Sweet Caroline.”
  • 6:45 – There are shots (mostly improv) on the cutting room floor, but not necessarily to fit a predetermined runtime.
  • 7:55 – He expects Dylan Dog to bow in 1000+ theaters.  There has been a strong late promotional push for the U.S. release.
  • 9:40 – What is he working on right now. Says he is working at LucasFilm right now. It’s a couple years project with a huge NDA. He was able to say it’s all CGI and it’s not a Star Wars property.  Confirms it’s a movie.

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