Now here's some old school fantasy! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wendy and Richard Pini's cult comic book series Elfquest has just been optioned by Warner Bros. Rawson Thurber (of Dodgeball fame) is set to write, direct, and produce, and there's no word yet on whether it will be animation or live action. Hollywood has been toying with an adaptation for a long time, but have only managed a few animated attempts.

Elfquest really belongs to that 70's and 80's style of fantasy -- Tolkien inspired, but with more sex and magic powers. It's all about a tribe of elves called the Wolfriders, who fight for survival on an alien world called Abode. There they war with trolls, encounter primitive humans, and discover that they aren't the only elf tribe on the planet.

An underground comic in its day, Elfquest was pretty notable for the sex, war, and the fact that Wendy Pini played such a huge part in its inception. (A chick writing and drawing a comic book? The world nearly ended.) You can read the mythology, and a bunch of free issues over on Elfquest's official website.

Despite my medieval/fantasy nerd reputation here on Cinematical, this is actually the first time I've known what Elfquest is all about. It's one of those things I have only encountered in passing. As I explore the website, I'm beginning to realize that some of the very skimpily clad attendees at my Renaissance Faire are, in fact, Wolfriders. And now with a movie on the horizon, there will be even more of them! It certainly takes all kinds to make a world, doesn't it?




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