Jonathan Ross’ first comic series, Turf, may be getting adapted by Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn. After you see Kick-Ass this weekend (and you will see it), you’ll know that whatever Vaughn does next will merit your attention. And in an interview with The Guardian, Ross says that might be his new comic Turf. The first issue came out this week, with five more issues planned, a hardback collection and possibly Vaughn turning it into a film. That possibility becomes more likely when you consider that Vaughn’s writing partner Jane Goldman is married to Ross.
We reported last month that Vaughn may direct the silly-sounding Bloodshot, which is about a deceased mob enforcer who comes back like a Frankenstein’s Monster and proceeds to kill lots of people. After Kick-Ass, I’m certain that Vaughn and Goldman could make it work, but Turf sounds way better. Hit the jump to find out why and to learn a bit more on Mr. Ross.
Here’s how the official press release [via Comic Book Resources] describes Turf:
Set in Prohibition-era New York, TURF offers a twist on the hard boiled crime thriller, adds vampires and aliens to the traditional mix of booze, broads and bullets as it chronicles the eruption of a vengeful gang war between booze-smuggling mobsters and the blood thirsty Dragonmir Family. As an ancient prophecy unfolds amidst the maelstrom of violence, the entire city is engulfed by the brutal conflict and the only glimmer of hope is an unlikely alliance between tough guy Eddie Falco and a stranger from another world.
It sounds like Turf has more diversity, a larger canvas for Vaughn and Goldman, and he’s got the hard-boiled crime experiece as his first feature was 2004’s gangster flick Layer Cake.
The Playlist has some more info about Jonathan Ross:
Ross is virtually unknown in the States, but he’s a huge figure in the UK, host of the biggest chat show in the country, the BBC’s film critic, and, for the last few years, host of the BAFTAs. He’s about to leave the BBC, his home for nearly ten years, partly due to an absurd, overblown controversy after Ross and Russell Brand left a series of “obscene” messages on the answering machine of an elderly actor, and is moving onto new pastures.