Dylan Dog and Groucho Headed for the Big Screen

A. Quinton — Feb. 26th 2009

According to The Hollywood Reporter, production of the werewolf / vampire / zombie film Dead of Night starts today in New Orleans. The makeup effects are being handled by Greg Cannom and DRAC Studios, and if those names ring a bell, it’s probably because they just took home the makeup Oscar for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and they’re doing work on the forthcoming graphic novel blockbuster Watchmen.

Dead of Night is an adaptation of Tiziano Sclavi’s Dylan Dog, an Italian horror comic from 1986. According to Wikipedia,

Dylan Dog is a penniless nightmare investigator who defies the whole preceding horror tradition with a vein of surrealism and an anti-bourgeois rhetoric… Dylan lives with Groucho at 7 Craven Road in a cluttered apartment with a doorbell that screams. His hobbies include playing the clarinet and constructing model ship; he has many phobias, including claustrophobia, bats and heights. Dylan is also particularly susceptible to motion sickness, which is one of the reasons why he rarely travels.

Seems like a lot of dark humour is involved… let’s hope this one survives the transition to the big screen!

  • Roukas

    Ha ha, I love Umberto Eco’s quote: “I can read the Bible, Homer, or Dylan Dog for several days without being bored.”

    Eco’s fictional stories (and even some of his essays) have been great mental sparring partners over the past four years or so. His ‘The Name of the Rose’ is a hotbed of spiritual conflict and shadowy mythology. If guess if Dylan Dog is good enough for Eco, I’ll give him a try myself.