Amory Wars Comic Book Optioned

August 25, 2013 Breaking news: Comic books are hot priorities for movie adaptations these days.  Marvel obviously heads the pack with DC in hot pursuit, thanks in part to the success of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and the recent casting of Ben Affleck as the new Batman/Bruce Wayne.  Because of their success, smaller comics publishers are also enjoying an uptick in exposure and an interest in seeing their material brought to the big screen.  The adaptations of these relatively obscure stories will continue to push the boundaries of both filmmaking techniques and audiences’ imaginations.  In an effort to bring more attention to one such series of comic book stories (which surprisingly has an adaptation already in early development), today we’ll be visiting Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez’s long-running creation.  Hit the jump for more.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: The Amory Wars.

What It’s About:

An epic sci-fi tetralogy, The Amory Wars is set in Heaven’s Fence, a collection of 78 planets held in place by the Keywork (interconnecting beams of energy).  The story at first follows protagonists Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon in their struggle against the Supreme Tri-Mage, Wilhelm Ryan (later referred to as the Archmage).  Ryan, along with his second-in-command, Mayo Deftinwolf, orchestrates a plot to murder the Kilgannon children in order to use the dormant Monstar virus hidden within Coheed to destroy the Keywork.  The second half of the story focuses on the heroic journey of their surviving son, the messianic Claudio Kilgannon.  After a number of trials, Claudio assumes the mantle of The Crowing, the foretold savior of Heaven’s Fence.  Ultimately, he will face the Archmage, absolute ruler of Heaven’s Fence and the architect behind the death of Claudio’s family.

There is so, so, so much more to The Amory Wars, including colorful side character such as Al, the sexually-frustrated and psychopathic sniper; Ambellina, a dragonfly-like creature known as a Prise who guides Claudio along his journey; and Ten Speed of God’s Blood & Burial, a 10-speed bicycle that represents the Writer’s will.  It’s got more political interweaving and family drama than Star Wars and Dune combined, but it certainly doesn’t lack for action as it includes massive space battles, planetary invasions and galactic warfare. [Correction: “Ambelina is more of an Angel-like creature known as a Prise. The Syringa is the dragonfly creature that carries half of the Monstar virus that activates Coheed.” Thanks for the clarification!]

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