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Mark Newton

Drive and Only God Forgives director 's has just signed on to direct the big screen adaptation of one of the world's most influential graphic novels, The Incal.

It might be unfamiliar to younger readers, but The Incal debuted in 1981 and went a long way to establishing and influencing many other sci-fi shows, films and fiction. In fact, the writers recognized so much of their influence in The Fifth Element they sued the producers. Still no word on how far along the pre-production of The Incal is, but we do have a fairly lengthy synopsis of the original:

The Incal is a set of science fiction comic book series written in French by Alejandro Jodorowsky and illustrated by Moebius and others.The story begins in the dystopian capital city of an insignificant planet in a human-dominated galactic empire. (The Bergs, aliens who resemble featherless birds and reside in a neighboring galaxy, make up another power bloc.) DiFool receives the Light Incal, a crystal of enormous powers, from a dying Berg. The Incal is then sought by many factions: the Bergs; the corrupt and decadent government of the great pit-city; the rebel group Amok; and the Church of Industrial Saints (commonly referred to as the Techno-Technos or the Technopriests), a sinister technocratic cult which worships the Dark Incal. Animah (an allusion to anima), the keeper of the Light Incal, seeks it as well.

What do you think? Were you a fan of the original? Is Winding Refn really the man to pull it off?


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