New Zealand writer-director Taika Waiti has now officially signed on to adapt genre-jumping cinema great Alejandro Jodorowsky’s seminal graphic novel The Incal for the big screen in a brand new project.
Waititi will co-write the screenplay with his regular collaborator Jemaine Clement and Peter Warren, which will adapt The Incal, a mega epic science fiction adventure created by Jodorowsky and artist Mœbius, which used many of the ideas from their unrealized Dune adaptation, which is regarded by many as the greatest film never made.
Of the forthcoming adaptation by Waititi, Humanoids CEO Fabrice Giger said, “It began as the adventures of a jackass named John Difool, and then it became something else—we called it The Incal—something that has transformed everything it’s ever touched and continues to do so: its creators, the other artists who later became a part of John’s journey, its publisher Humanoids and myself in the process, countless readers, writers and directors around the world, and soon, I believe, the great Taika Waititi himself and everyone who looks to him for inspiration.”
Waitit’s involvement has also received the blessing of Jodorowsky himself.
“When Humanoids’ CEO Fabrice Giger introduced me to Taika Waititi’s work, it became obvious to me that he was the one,” said Jodorowsky. “I fully trust Taika’s creativity to give The Incal a stunning take, intimate and at the same time of cosmic proportions
On his involvement in the forthcoming project, Waititi said, “the films and graphic novels of Alejandro Jodorowsky have influenced me and so many others for so long. I was stunned to be given the opportunity to bring his iconic characters to life and I am grateful to Alejandro, Fabrice and everyone at Humanoids for trusting me to do so.”
There is no current start date or studio attached to The Incal yet, but given Waititi’s clout in the film industry and talents as an artist, I’m sure it won’t be long before we see this one up on the big screen.