Vincenzo Natali Wants to Adapt Moore's Swamp Thing


A panel from Alan Moore's Swamp Thing comic series
A panel from Alan Moore's Swamp Thing comic series

Vincenzo Natali, the director of CUBE and the upcoming sci-fi horror film SPLICE, has expressed his interest in adapting Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing comic book series to MTV News. Comic book character Swamp Thing has appeared in numerous films and television series but so far none have tackled Moore’s specific interpretation of the creature.
Alan Moore, famous for penning such comics as From Hell, Watchmen and V for Vendetta, has had an extremely difficult time dealing with the film adaptations of his work. He even went as far as to ask not to be credited on any after the release THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN but his run on the Swamp Thing series was a deep, interesting and unique portrayal of the titular character. Here’s what Natali had to say about the series,

“There are two incarnations of Swamp Thing — both of them are quite wonderful. The first one was by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, which was a more traditional sort of retake on classic, James Whale-style, Universal Studio horror films. Then Alan Moore reinvented the character in the early ’80s, and that’s actually the version that’s a little more interesting to me”.

He adds,

“[Swamp Thing] kind of became… I don’t want to call him an ecological superhero, but he became an ecological character quite unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. It’s a comic book, but it delves into some very interesting stuff, both psychological and philosophical”.

From the sounds of it, Natali really understands the comics and although his previous films haven’t been of outstanding quality, they’ve always shown promise so I’m behind the idea. I dare not wonder what Moore thinks of it though…

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