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Monday, October 09, 2017 

Luc Besson and EuropaCorp set to adapt Howard Chaykin's American Flagg for TV

Wouldn't you know it, the same leftist director who was putting down US superhero comics now wants to adapt Howard Chaykin's creator-owned story from the mid-80s for television:
Originally published in 1983, American Flagg! has stood as a foundational element upon which the genre-subverting, adult-appeal, American indie comics “boom” of the 1980s was built. In the years since its initial release, Flagg! has been recognized for its prescient depictions of a future America colored by corporate-controlled government, the dominance of reality TV, militarized police, ubiquitous surveillance, tribalism in politics, media consolidation, and the resurgence of neo-Nazi fascism.

[...] Chaykin will serve as an Executive Producer on the series with Mark Wheeler and Rick Alexander, alongside Luc Besson of EuropaCorp.
The timing for this project couldn't be more suspect. Regarding corporatism, I can say this: it's pretty clear today you won't find many liberals, if at all, complaining about Marvel and DC's corporate ownerships or the long term harm they've done as a result. But you will find plenty willing to bash the Trump adminstration regardless of whether its policies are good or bad; it's only the conservative leaning that matters to them. And that's probably why Besson's involved on this planned TV show, because the basic premise suits his own worldview perfectly. Beyond that, I'm sure it'll be plenty different from the original, and won't tackle any challenging subjects except what the producers see selectively fit for their modern view.

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