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
JoshDM
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 10:41am

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

Overflight
Overflight
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 10:45am

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
Overflight
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 10:46am

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

Dokeo
Dokeo
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 10:56am

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

Becky
Becky
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 11:20am

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
JoshDM
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 11:35am

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
james jones
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 11:41am

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
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 11:55am

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

…Why are you screaming like that?

Brian
Brian
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 11:58am

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

Jason M.
Jason M.
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 12:32pm

The Born Loser starring Ricky Gervais.

AJS
AJS
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 12:52pm

My first thought for Ziggy was Danny DeVito.

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

JoshDM
JoshDM
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 12:57pm

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

Michael
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 1:29pm

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

hdj
hdj
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 3:29pm

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
zepto
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 4:16pm

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
JoshDM
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 5:39pm

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

Daniel
Daniel
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 7:03pm

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
Eric
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 7:06pm

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
Accounting Ninja
Wed, Jun 09, 2010 7:23pm

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.

JoshDM
JoshDM
Thu, Jun 10, 2010 10:56am

A Hollywood-whitewashed Boondocks.

Can’t wait for Season 3.

art
art
Fri, Jun 11, 2010 2:31pm

Foxtrot.

That is all.

Nate
Nate
Fri, Jun 11, 2010 2:37pm

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
JoshDM
Fri, Jun 11, 2010 3:55pm

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

Nate
Nate
Fri, Jun 11, 2010 3:57pm

^You’re thinking of Baby Blues