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question of the day: What other newspaper comic strips do you want to see turned into a crappy movie?

Today’s question comes from reader Overflight, in response to my review of Marmaduke:

What other newspaper comic strips do you want to see turned into a crappy movie?

Overflight continues:

How about Mary Worth as a glurge fest? Or Funky Winkerbean as a heartwrenching drama?

No wait! I’ve got it! Take advantage of the upcoming Spider-Man and base it on his comic strip incarnation! Who wouldn’t want to see a movie featuring such dazzling heroic moments such as:

or this or this (via The Comics Curmudgeon).

I’ll expand on Overflight’s question: Who would you cast in your crappy comics movie?

One last related question: Who the heck is reading newspaper comics anymore?

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me. Responses to this QOTD sent by email will be ignored; please post your responses here.)



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  • JoshDM

    I am so positive that you would absolutely love a big-screen adaptation of Cathy.

  • Overflight

    Thanks for accepting my suggestion, MaryAnn!

    I originally meant it more as a joke but then I got flashbacks to those awful live action Garfield movies and that lame Sci-Fi original The Phantom which reminded me that more of these aren’t outside the realm of possibility.

    Another example: Beetle Bailey as a wacky comedy. Starring the entire cast of Delta Farce for added horror.

  • Overflight

    JoshDM: Or, God forbid, For Better Or For Worse, especially the later years.

  • Dokeo

    Family Circus. It’ll be “for kids” so it can be as content and humor-free as the strip.

  • Becky

    The only one I can think of, that would have international appeal, would be Calvin And Hobbes.

    Of course no one would be idiot enough to even consider this… Wait… nooooooooo!

  • JoshDM

    It is sad that Calvin’s legacy is a knockoff derivative of him found on the back of 4×4 trucks, urinating on various logos/ideologies. Him and Bart Simpson.

  • james jones

    Beetle Bailey with Jim Carrey or Alton Brown as Beetle. John Goodman as Sarge. Morgan Freeman doing something, because he’s in every movie ever made….

  • Michael

    Calvin & Hobbes, starring Justin Beiber! With Joe Mantegna as the voice of Hobbes!

    …Why are you screaming like that?

  • Brian

    The horrifying possibilities are endless. But for what it’s worth, I nominate Paul Giamatti to play Ziggy.

  • Jason M.

    The Born Loser starring Ricky Gervais.

  • AJS

    My first thought for Ziggy was Danny DeVito.

    They should have done Frank n Ernest a few years back with Matthau and Lemmon.

  • JoshDM

    Waiting for the inevitable adaptation of The Lockhorns starring Salma Hayek and Adam Sandler because you know that’s who Hollywood would cast.

  • Michael

    You mean The Lockhorns weren’t George Costanza’s parents?

  • hdj

    id like a beetle baily movie, if it was made the same way the tv show “Its always sunny in philadelphia” then I think the movie could potentially work but if its bombarded with a ludicrous transformers budget then it would suck

  • zepto

    Mary Worth and Funky Winkerbean have waay too much plot to try and get a movie out of. I suggest Slylock Fox. Tom Hanks could be the voice of Slylock, one of the Jonas brothers could be Max, and Jennifer Aniston as Cassandra Cat.

  • JoshDM

    @Michael – not when they’re making remakes of movies within 5 years of their original release dates.

  • Daniel

    Summer 2012: Cathy: The Movie, written and directed by Michael Patrick King. And then all the nations of the world will rise up as one to declare war on our country.

    The 2012 release date is so they can use the tagline “The Mayans were right.”

  • Eric

    It’s too bad that Ingmar Bergman is dead now, as he was the only director I think who could’ve perfectly captured the relentlessly bleak tone of Funky Winkerbean. It could still be made though, if Lars Von Trier takes over with a screenplay by Cormac McCarthy and musical score by Nick Cave.

  • Accounting Ninja

    THANK YOU for linking the Comics Curmudgeon! I love that site.

    I’m thinking Mark Trail, with Deep Roy playing Trail’s Uncanny Valley “son”, Rusty.

  • Boingo

    Revealing I’m from another era:
    “Magnus- Robot Fighter” would be fantastic.
    Although it may aggravate the Dawarinists-
    “Turok Son of Stone” would be another fun one.
    These 2 are comic books from my kid days.
    My sister was into Katie Keen and Archie
    (which I never understood).

    Till this day, I never got over the absence
    of Gary Larson’s, “The Far Side.” Maybe an
    animated version with snippets of his wit
    would be a gas.

  • Boingo

    Dwarn! Spelled it wrong: “Darwin-ists.”

  • JoshDM

    A Hollywood-whitewashed Boondocks.

    Can’t wait for Season 3.

  • art

    Foxtrot.

    That is all.

  • Nate

    Foxtrot.

    That is all.

    That would work a lot better as a tv series. The strip is heavily reliant on pop culture gags and doesn’t lend itself much to character development.

  • JoshDM

    Didn’t they have a Foxtrot animated series already? Came out around the same time as Dilbert?

  • Nate

    ^You’re thinking of Baby Blues

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