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[26.02.2008] Bei
AICN gibt es einen Bericht über die WonderCon 2008, auf der Sergio Aragones u.a. über "Groo" erzählte ...
[...] He talked upcoming projects like GROO: HELL ON EARTH (where the Wanderer is responsible for global-warming... don't ask me how); more BACKLASH, his Western for DC; THE SPIRIT for DC ("people say 'he's not Will Eisner'--ofcourse I'm not Will Eisner! But I grew up loving the character and want to show him respect"); an upcoming Dark Horse story where he recollects the humourous time he met Henry Miller, and the long-awaited GROO/CONAN crossover. He was hesitant to do the latter (which will actually feature he and Evanier as characters in the comic) because he didn't want Groo to lose in a fight with Robert Howard's barbarian, likewise fans of Conan wouldn't want him to lose. Sergio says he agreed after watching Kurosawa's RASHOMON and suddenly had an epiphany on how to do the story. He will draw Groo and Tom Yates will draw Conan (details of backgrounds and foliage are still being worked out). He also said he'd been offered GROO/TARZAN. "That would be easier: Tarzan found dinosaurs, he can find Groo. I'm just starting to get that one figured out. They don't have to fight, just switch places--Tarzan goes back [to his jungle] and sees the mess Groo made of it." We then went to Q&A.
He was asked if he'd consider a GROO/USAGI YOJIMBO book? He said that would be harder because all the characters are animals and it's a serious historical book. He talked up the tight canon that creator Stan Sakai has created in his book (which Sergio doesn't want to change). [...]
I had a question but someone across the room asked it for me: the GROO movie? He and Mark had written a script and a company bought an option for it. Dreamworks came close to making it with Rob Minkoff directing, but the studio apparently didn't want Sergio or Mark to have ANY involvement in the film. "I didn't want to direct it; I loved the director. I just wanted to be a part of the creative process. I want to make sure it's the Groo that I like; the Groo that we know." D'works apparently wouldn't budge on this so the deal fell through and there's no movement on the project now. [...]


[09.03.2007] Bei AICN gibt es einen Bericht über die WonderCon 2007, auf der Sergio Aragones und Mark Evanier einen "Groo" CGI-Film ankündigten...
[...] Aragones and Evanier are producing a CGI movie about their character GROO for a major studio. Over the years, they'd received several offers to do so (they say Favreau tried at one point, and a serious pitch was made years ago by Michael McKean with the intention of Chris Farley in the title role). At one point, Evanier was practically "stalked" by a producer (who wouldn't name but said was "very well known") who would take NO for an answer. They two stressed that they wouldn't give up the film rights until they got a deal that would give them creative control. The offers coming out of Hollywood were "poor and overly-aggressive." Sergio: "They wanted Will Ferrell. I HATE Will Ferrell !" (Yes, those were his actual words)
As of now, the two creators are producers on the film and have finished the script for "a major studio". They said it would be fully CG-animated and that Rob Minkoff (THE LION KING, STUART LITTLE 1 & 2, HAUNTED MANSION) is officially directing.
The went on tell how they have an almost telepathic collaboration, to the point where they finish one anothers sentences. The two showed photos (including some showing Sergio as quite an accomplished cook), including some of awards they've received, Serigio's dog who inspired that of Groo (Sergio's lived to be 24 years old!), a Groo statue that sold for $175 and had a certificate of auth. with it--the two joked "[the distributours] were so worried people would copy the statue, but they could just Xerox a copy of the certificate?"
They told a story about how, when GROO was done for Marvel, he presented a finished page that had a panel of Groo mooning someone. The higher-ups rejected it on the basis that it was "sexual" and would never get past the CCA. Evanier argued "It's Groo's rear-end, you've got female X-men running around wearing dental floss!" He called Sergio over to his house where the artist drew up a poster of Groo sans pants covered by a "Censored" bar, with the intention of starting a "Save Groo's Ass" campaign. But Marvel went ahead with the unaltered page anyway, which kind of irked Sergio, as he wanted to really show off the poster.
They also mentioned how they wanted to do a GROO MEETS CONAN one-shot for Dark Horse, but the project fell apart. However, they still want to do it. [...]


[27.09.2004] AICN meldet...
Marc Toberoff’s company, IPW (Intellectual Properties Worldwide) has acquired the motion picture rights to the long-running comic book GROO THE WANDERER. Created by Sergio Aragones with writer Mark Evanier, GROO was first published in 1983 and generated an immediate outpouring of affection for its unique irreverence. Groo’s adventures now number over 170 issues, and Aragones and Evanier will draw from this wealth of material to write a screenplay as part of their deal with IPW.
Best described as Conan the Barbarian meets Shrek, the comic book has attracted many suitors of late. Toberoff, along with IPW’s head of production J. Todd Harris, teamed with Bay Area producer Jeffrey Allard, President of Indie Entertainment, LLC and executive producer of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, to take the property off the market.
"I’ve known Mark Evanier and have been a fan of Sergio for many years," noted IPW Chairman Toberoff. "For me, GROO is one of the few remaining crown jewels of the comic world. Imagine crossing Arnold Schwarzenegger with Peter Sellers and voilà -- GROO. Sergio is a visual genius and Mark’s witty dialogue and stories are hilarious and family-friendly. In a couple years, our kids will be saying "GROO, GROO, GROO" like Shrek today."
Able to lay waste to entire armies while saddled with the mental capacity of sand, Groo roams the land with his swords and his adoring dog Rufferto, encountering dragons, wizards, witches and kings along the way. Villains often attempt to exploit his legendary swordsmanship by playing on his lack of smarts, but Groo’s charming blend of naiveté and stubborn literalness has an uncanny way of derailing their schemes.
Aragones is best known for his work for Mad Magazine, to which he's been a regular contributor since 1963. He has won every known award for cartooning, including the prestigious Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society. Evanier has extensive writing credits in comic books and television (including three Emmy nominations). His television writing includes Garfield and Friends, Mother Goose and Grimm, and Superman. Together, Aragones and Evanier have been nominated for fifteen of the comic industry's Eisner Awards since 1992 (twelve for GROO) and have won six times.
Marc Toberoff recently founded IPW to focus full-time on acquiring rights to branded properties for exploitation via film, television and merchandising. The company recently set up My Bodyguard at Dimension Films and has numerous projects in development including The Immortals at Paramount. and Fantasy Island at Sony. Other properties in various stages of development include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Guys and Dolls, Grand Hotel, Rififi, Little Caesar, Asphalt Jungle, Sanford & Son, Hart to Hart, Ironside, Police Woman, and Piranha.
In addition to writing the screenplay, Aragones and Evanier will serve as executive producers. Toberoff and Harris will produce. Allard will executive produce.



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