Adapt This: “Prophet” by Brandon Graham


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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 cool comic book each week that has the potential to pack a theater or keep you glued to your television screens. At the end of some “Adapt This” columns, you’ll also find thoughts from various comic creators and other industry experts about the books they’d like to see make the jump from page to screen.

This Week’s Book: Prophet by Brandon Graham (Image Comics)

The Premise: In a future so distant that humans are a long-forgotten race, John Prophet awakes from cryo-sleep deep within the Earth and emerges to find a world very different from the one he remembers. His mission is to wake up his fellow humans scattered around the universe and kick-start the return of the Earth Empire and the rise of humanity.

The Pitch: Any movie studio or television network intrigued by the franchise potential of a sprawling space epic need look no further than Prophet, Brandon Graham’s reinvented take on Rob Liefeld’s time-tossed hero, John Prophet. Darker and more alien than the “Star Wars” universe but offering a much wider world full of storytelling opportunities, Prophet is the sort of project that might not find a home with mainstream audiences, but is likely to find a loyal — and vocal — fanbase in the sci-fi set.

In fact, what works against Prophet as a mainstream project is likely the same thing thing that will make it stick out from the crowd and earn more attention from genre fans. The universe of John Prophet has moved beyond humanity, leaving very few human characters for its main character to interact with and making it the ultimate “stranger in a strange land” scenario. Still, there’s a case to be made that shows like “Farscape” and (to a much lesser degree) “Babylon 5” both managed to connect with audiences despite having a predominantly alien cast of characters.

Without giving too much of the story away, there are also a wealth of narrative possibilities in the Prophet universe that take John Prophet (or his fellow humans) to far-off planets where standalone, encapsulated adventures can happen. This gives the show a ready-made balance of episodic stories and an over-arching narrative that leads toward something larger and keeps audiences guessing.

Still, the network (or studio) that takes on Prophet would need to make sure the adaptation holds onto the more mature tone of the source material, as that aspect of the series goes a long way toward giving its main character a unique edge.

Casting Suggestions: There’s no shortage of rugged, tough-guy actors who could do justice to John Prophet, and given some of the twists the story takes, there could even be multiple actors cast in the role. Good picks will be able to pull off the more savage elements of the character (a la Jason Momoa in “Game of Thrones”) but also bring a level of silent, stoic strength to the role (much like Karl Urban does in “Dredd 3D”).

The most important role to be cast in a Prophet adaptation probably isn’t the lead character, though — it’s the person responsible for bringing the on-screen aliens to life. Given how much of the story relies on John Prophet’s interactions with alien races, finding someone who can be a true “world-builder” will likely mean the difference between success and failure for “Prophet.”

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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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