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February 21, 2008 3:27 PM   Subscribe

The sequel to Repo Man will finally arrive next month - in graphic novel form. The script was originally floated by Alex Cox in 1994, but an attempt at filming it was unsuccessful. Now, the comic version, illustrated by Chris Bones, is on its way from Gestalt Comics.

Cool insight from the EW interview: Cox put an open call for illustrators on his website, offering a 50/50 split of the profits from any resulting book. Also, be sure to check out Cox's downloads section, which includes, among many other things, his illustrated script for the intended film version of "Waldo."
posted by jbickers (35 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
"Food"
"Chips"
"Graphic Novel"
posted by Smedleyman at 3:29 PM on February 21, 2008


"Graphic Novel"

That's bullshit. You're a white suburbanite comic book, just like me!
posted by eriko at 3:36 PM on February 21, 2008 [8 favorites]


I blame society.

Thanks jbickers, this is the best news I've heard so far this year. Remember when Cox used to introduce the crazy late night movies on BBC? Kermode should be ousted, bring back Cox.
posted by Elmore at 3:37 PM on February 21, 2008


I iwll contrary and ask... why? In my opinion Repo Man didn't beg a sequel. It was cute and fun little cult film perfect for it's own time and place.

So why does everything need to fulfill this cry of "and then what happened..."
posted by tkchrist at 3:41 PM on February 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


El Clavo Y La Cruz
posted by Elmore at 3:43 PM on February 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


I need a plate of shrimp.
posted by maxwelton at 3:52 PM on February 21, 2008


maxwelton - that's so weird. I was just thinking that.
posted by Auden at 4:02 PM on February 21, 2008


tkchrist - I'm looking forward to it, but not as a narrative sequel, more as a sequel in the spirit of the original - and with fingers firmly crossed that this is so. Same way as if a Spinal Tap sequel was announced. Now stop being so contrary you melon farmer and page Dr Benway.
posted by Elmore at 4:02 PM on February 21, 2008


I'll be much more interested if this sequel comes with a soundtrack.
posted by Zetetics at 4:10 PM on February 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


I strongly approve of Repo Man. I'm not so sure I approve of cultural milestone necromancy. I think that means I should get some sort of lawn, in order to yell at kids these days to get the hell off it.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:27 PM on February 21, 2008 [2 favorites]


“what had happened to Otto, during his ten-year absence from earth?”

Mars? Uh, didn’t he go back in time and stuff?
I gotta go with tkchrist on this, there’s no way to shoot a sequel today. That ‘weird’ vibe just isn’t there anymore. Not the same kind of weird. Like Blazing Saddles - you couldn’t shoot that today. X-Files took all this stuff to a whole level in the zeitgeist. I watched some old X-Files recently in the ward, just didn’t hold up. I’m looking at Mulder thinking he’s just freakin’ nuts. (Not to mention it’s not only aliens - it’s ghosts, freaky face shifting mutants - stuff teh CIA would be all over. But no they’re not suppressing it or exploiting it, just ignoring it. Except for Mulder. Who is pretty much exploiting it to say “See! Look! Weird shit happens!”)
Same deal here. Except that whole outsider loser thing has been marginalized and co-opted (in part by Kevin Smith, not always in a bad way) and made hip and snarky and turned inside out. I mean eriko - bullshit. You're a white suburbanite punk, just like me! - exactly. But people can’t grok that now. Napoleon Dynamite’s the only thing that came anywhere near the same vibe, but 80 percent of the people I know can’t plug into that flick at all.
(what about our sequel? 'What?' Our sequel!? 'Oh....fuck that')
posted by Smedleyman at 4:29 PM on February 21, 2008


Cox explains: "After REPO MAN, I became interested in the idea of a sequel. Specifically - what had happened to Otto, during his ten-year absence from earth? And what would he make of the changes which had taken place in his absence? Otto, it would appear, has been held prisoner, in great luxury, on the planet Mars. Now he has returned to earth, and changed his name -- to Waldo."

Fuck Flip You.
posted by Smart Dalek at 4:30 PM on February 21, 2008


Plate of shrimp.
posted by cazoo at 4:31 PM on February 21, 2008


This will be great to read on the bus, I do all my best thinkin' on the bus....
posted by Asbestos McPinto at 4:32 PM on February 21, 2008


All I wanted a sequel, but she wouldn't give it to me.
posted by Toekneesan at 4:32 PM on February 21, 2008


I used to love that guy.
posted by Pope Guilty at 4:33 PM on February 21, 2008


Or perhaps...

All I wanted was a Pepsi Blue, but she wouldn't give it to me.
posted by Toekneesan at 4:36 PM on February 21, 2008


Repo Man II will probably not be intense. He will probably pay for his sushi.
posted by biscotti at 4:38 PM on February 21, 2008


I can only imagine how hipsters from the early '80s feel about this, if they have any idea it exists. I think it'd be like if, in 2022, a dissipated David Fincher were to make a sequel to Fight Club, only now the characters are all like fifty and the film is actually a series of two-and-a-half-minute flash animations that you watch on your phone.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 4:45 PM on February 21, 2008


The preview made me laugh. And I liked the part about cultural milestone necromancy.
posted by sneebler at 5:04 PM on February 21, 2008


I can only imagine how hipsters from the early '80s feel about this, if they have any idea it exists.

*cough*

*harrumph*


Lawn, mine, blah blah blah.
posted by jokeefe at 5:10 PM on February 21, 2008


I don't know about this comic book idea.
But I'll probably buy it.
And read it.
On the bus.

That's how come I don't drive, see?
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 8:49 PM on February 21, 2008


Crap.

Amazon.

Which means I'll have to put it on my credit card, which I hate to do, even if credit is a sacred trust, it's what our free society is founded on. Do you think they give a damn about their bills in Russia? I said, do you think they give a damn about their bills in Russia?
posted by Samizdata at 8:59 PM on February 21, 2008


They don't have bills in Russia, Samizdata. It's all free.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 9:05 PM on February 21, 2008


Sick Boy: It's certainly a phenomenon in all walks of life.
Renton: What do you mean?
Sick Boy: Well, at one time, you've got it, and then you lose it, and it's gone forever. All walks of life: George Best, for example. Had it, lost it. Or David Bowie, or Lou Reed...
Renton: Some of his solo stuff's not bad.
Sick Boy: No, it's not bad, but it's not great either. And in your heart you kind of know that although it sounds all right, it's actually just shite.
Renton: So who else?
Sick Boy: Charlie Nicholas, David Niven, Malcolm McLaren, Elvis Presley...
Renton: OK, OK, so what's the point you're trying to make?
Sick Boy: All I'm trying to do is help you understand that The Name of The Rose is merely a blip on an otherwise uninterrupted downward trajectory.
Renton: What about The Untouchables?
Sick Boy: I don't rate that at all.
Renton: Despite the Academy Award?
Sick Boy: That means fuck all. Its a sympathy vote.
Renton: Right. So we all get old and then we can't hack it anymore. Is that it?
Sick Boy: Yeah.
Renton: That's your theory?
Sick Boy: Yeah. Beautifully fucking illustrated.

posted by Artw at 9:10 PM on February 21, 2008 [3 favorites]


Thanks jbickers. Totally made my day. And the Moviedrome .pdf downloads will bring back some happy memories too...
posted by sam and rufus at 10:36 PM on February 21, 2008


All free? Free my ass. What are you, a fuckin' commie? Huh?
posted by Snyder at 11:39 PM on February 21, 2008


Elmore: Same way as if a Spinal Tap sequel was announced.
Get the Special Edition DVD & watch it with commentary. In character, they complain about how they only look dumb due to selective editing. It's like a new movie.

sneebler: And I liked the part about cultural milestone necromancy.
That makes the phrase brand necrophilia spring to mind.
posted by Pronoiac at 2:13 AM on February 22, 2008


When I found out about this and read the comic preview something inside me died a little... can't he make a new film? That's not a 20 year belated sequel to his one 'hit'?

Back in the the 80s I saw Repoman in a really grotty cinema and was frankly blown away... Unfortunatly every film of Cox's I've seen since had been a bit of a trial to get through (and now Repoman... like a lot of 80s stuff... don't seem all that good any more. Though bit's of it are still genius: "John Wayne was a fag/The hell is was!" "Managing a pop group is no job for a man" Every single Harry Dean Stanton line).

But I really want him to succeed... mainly because a) Moviedrome was so totally marvellous, introducing me to some brilliant cinema and b) a number of totally scathing articles he wrote slagging off the 'how to write screenplays' industry... ('screen writing seminars and courses? You are better off spending you money hiring videos and reading screenplays... special screenwriting software? All you need is a word processor and know how to set two tab stops.')
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:51 AM on February 22, 2008


I'm more interested in The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez, which is coming out in a few months.
posted by D.C. at 4:50 AM on February 22, 2008


Repo Man (and Ministry's 'Stigmata' and Wire's 'Ideal Copy') got me through the nuclear detonation of my first serious relationship. Hearing this news was just like the feeling I got from those many, many viewings. A bit of me didn't die. A bit of me came alive.
posted by Hogshead at 4:50 AM on February 22, 2008


Man, I need to rent that movie again. I'm pretty sure I only saw it once, but all I can remember are the damn generic package labelings and the little scented trees. Nothing else apparently stuck.
posted by caution live frogs at 5:58 AM on February 22, 2008


Specifically - what had happened to Otto, during his ten-year absence from earth?

I'd have a cultish group latch on to him as if he were the second coming of Christ. They would follow him around waiting for him to dispense the wisdom of the ages, but all he'd want was to drink some beers and maybe get laid.

This would, naturally, evolve into a powerful world-wide religion.

And the great irony would come at the very end when it was revealed that Miller was actually the messiah, and no one listened because they thought he was too weird.
posted by quin at 9:51 AM on February 22, 2008


At least Buckaroo Banzai was supposed to have a sequel.
posted by joseph_elmhurst at 10:54 AM on February 22, 2008


let's go do some crimes!
posted by generalist at 5:54 PM on February 22, 2008 [2 favorites]


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