It's only been a week since we heardMcG got a new production deal with Warner Bros., but the fast-food-sounding-filmmaker is already stacking up a nice slate of projects. The plan, though, is for McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision to make three films a year for WB. First was Nightcrawlers, second was Yucatan and now third is Maintenance, an adaptation of the Oni Press comic book created by Jim Massey. The series follows two janitors who work for a weapons manufacturer called TerroMax, which supplies to the world's most evil super villains. And sometimes the duo actually have to step in and save the world. Though the look of the characters reminds me of Super Mario Bros., the setup makes me think of the contractors working on the Death Star -- I'm sure you've heard the monologue from Clerks-- and how these janitors are like the poor guys working for Darth Vader -- which means they should similarly know better than to become employed by the bad guys.

Anyway, without over-analyzing the concept, Maintenance does seem like a cute idea, and I'm sure it will make for an entertaining movie, maybe even a franchise. There's a slight chance that McG himself will direct the adaptation, currently being scripted by Joe Ballarini (writer of next year's zombie-prom horror pic Dance of the Dead). Whether or not McG decides to make this his one to direct for this year (instead of Yucatan), he has big shoes he wants the thing to fill. Basically he wants to make Maintenance the next Back to the Futureor Raiders of the Lost Ark, a movie "based on action, comedy and ground-breaking special effects." That's a steep goal for the man who gave us the two Charlie's Angelspics, but I'd like to believe it. At least it seems possible for this to be the next Men in Black. I'll let you decide for yourself, though, without even having to visit your local comic vendor. Check out this 32-page preview of the series' first issue and let me know your own thoughts. Personally, I was bored after the first ten panels. But I think I would have been really into it about ten years ago.
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