‘Werewolf Women of the S.S.’: Comic Book Before a Movie?

Since the release of Grindhouse in 2006, differing degrees of buzz have continued about the double feature’s various faux movie trailers and whether or not Robert Rodriguez, the ambitious director who seems to be continuously accruing new projects without finishing any of his old ones (maybe this whole with McGowan, not with McGowan, with McGowan thing is getting in the way of his creative process… or maybe they’re just spending a whole lot of time having sex… I mean, that’s what I’d be doing if I were him), will be turning any of them into feature-length films. As you may have heard, after much ado Rodriguez is set to direct perhaps the most infamous of the faux trailers, the Danny Trejo vehicle Machete, which was scheduled to begin shooting in June (although no one has heard anything about that since February) and slated for release sometime this year. Now, a post has appeared on Rob Zombie’s MySpace blog claiming that another favorite Grindhouse faux trailer, Werewolf Women of the S.S., is being made into a comic book.

The blog says:

“Werewolf Women of the SS is back! This time it’s back as a comic book series! The wacky exploits of Commandant Hess, Lt. Boorman, Von Strasser Eva and Gretchen Krupp, Fu Manchu and even Hiltler will be coming you way. Everything you ever wanted to know about Project Pure Wolf but were afraid to ask!”

I’d wager that the release of “Werewolf Women of the S.S.” is a planned stepping stone to creating a feature-length movie based on these characters. As we’ve seen in other cases–most recently with director Guy Ritchie, who rushed to write a comic book version of Sherlock Holmes solely for the purpose of pushing the story into film production–the world of tangible hold-in-your-hand comic books and graphic novels and the more elusive world of larger-than-life silver-screen action have become increasingly intertwined during the twenty-first century, and writing a comic book has become one way to fast-track an idea to Hollywood as more and more studios are striking deals with graphic novelists rather than heading straight for screenwriters (hmm… could any of that strike stuff have something to do with that? I wonder…)

Playing Fu Manchu in Werewolf Women of the S.S., a thriller/horror/action/comedy that would likely rival horribly amazing (or horribly amazing) movies like S.S. Doomtrooper and Hatchet in both quality and character would be an amazing comeback for Nic Cage, who has little to show for the past couple years other than the National Treasure franchise. Keep checking back for updates on Rodriguez, Machete, and “Werewolf Women of the S.S.” When we know, you’ll know.

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