ADAPT THIS: “Lucid” by Michael McMillian and Anna Wieszczyk


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With Hollywood turning more of its attention to the world of graphic novels for inspiration, I’ll cast the spotlight on a new comic book each week that has the potential to pack a theater or keep you glued to your television screens. At the end of each “Adapt This” column, you’ll also find some thoughts from the industry’s top comic creators about the books they’d like to see make the jump from page to screen.

This Week’s Book: Lucid by Michael McMillian and Anna Wieszczyk

The Premise: In a parallel universe where governments employ sorcerers to protect their citizens from threats both domestic and abroad, Matthew Dee is America’s newly appointed “Protector of the Realm.” A mix of espionage thriller and fantasy, Lucid follows Dee as he uncovers a dark conspiracy that threatens both the nation and the world as he knows it.

The Pitch: Created and written by “True Blood” actor Michael McMillian, Lucid is a wild, alternate-world adventure that takes some of the best elements of the spy genre and adds a liberal dose of magic to keep things fresh.

In the first four-issue miniseries, we’re introduced to Dee before he becomes the nation’s top sorcerer, and it’s easy to see the character’s big-screen potential. A well-dressed, fast-thinking secret agent who’s equally adept at casting spells and kicking butt, Dee is a James Bond-style action hero, but with a twist — he’s also an intelligent, well-meaning guy. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s without a few skeletons in his closet, and the first story arc makes it easy to see why a “Lucid” movie would be more than just an explosion-filled, popcorn blockbuster.

Of course, with any alternate- or future-world tales, the setting is often as important as the cast of characters, and McMillian has crafted a world that’s just different enough from our own to win over fans of the fantastic, while grounded enough to appeal to the average audience. Think “Fringe” with magic instead of science, and you’re on the right track.

In much the same way that shows like “True Blood” present a more adult-oriented, gritty version of magic and paranormal happenings, Lucid offers a world where magic isn’t all hand-waving and bubbling cauldrons, but rather a tool — and more often than not, a weapon — with power determined by those who wield it. Add to all that a complex political conspiracy, some procedural drama, and some frantic action sequences, and it’s easy to see why Lucid has all the makings of an edge-of-your-seat, effects-driven adventure on the big screen.

The Closing Argument: I mentioned earlier that Lucid is a bit like “Fringe,” except magic is substituted for science — and that’s a comparison worth reiterating. Matthew Dee’s job as “Protector of the Realm” is equal parts James Bond super spy and intense procedural investigation, but in this case, the tools of his trade aren’t limited to laser pens and electron microscopes. By adding magic to the mix, Lucid has opened up a world with immense possibilities.

Given the right leading man, it’s easy to see a “Lucid” movie as franchise material that kicks things off with an adventure that introduces Matthew Dee and his world, and then kicks things into high gear with all manner of threats — whether magic or otherwise.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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