Friday, November 02, 2018

You can't stop The Legend

You can't even hope to contain him:
Prolific comic book creator Chuck Dixon and the creator of Bane will see his novel series based on Levon Cade adapted to television by Sylvester Stallone’s Balboa Productions. The Levon Cade series follows Levon Cade, a former Marine, who became a construction worker. Cade eventually becomes a mercenary and metes out vigilante justice. The first book Levon’s Trade sees Cade hunt for a missing college student and uncover a vast criminal conspiracy.
This will not be the only news on the TV/movie front this month. Stay tuned....

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Blogger A rebel without a General November 02, 2018 8:03 AM  

Stay tuned, Vox what are you hiding?

Blogger VD November 02, 2018 8:16 AM  

what are you hiding?

Let's just say it is something the reaction to which will make the SJW response to the now-vanished Bleeding Cool interview look calm, measured, and dignified by comparison.

Blogger Ingot9455 November 02, 2018 8:29 AM  

Can Alt-Hero: Q be far behind?

Blogger Peaceful Poster November 02, 2018 8:35 AM  

Chuck and Sly are both Legends!

Blogger CoolHand November 02, 2018 8:42 AM  

/Popcorn Intensifies

Blogger Silent Draco November 02, 2018 8:43 AM  

Sounds like VD the release of Qzilla, which emerges from the the ocean to flatten San Francisco, Berkely, Palo Alto, Malibu, and Hollywood. American military is strangely reluctant to engage. "When the spine glows red, you know you're dead."

Great news for The Legend, now let's see when it airs.

Blogger Richard Holmes November 02, 2018 9:19 AM  

You know what? That sounds pretty cool. I would love to give that series a try. Any idea what network it will be on?

Blogger Matthew McDaniel November 02, 2018 9:21 AM  

I’d heard before that Sly is a serious Xian. /ourguy?

Blogger Dave November 02, 2018 9:25 AM  

I've read Chuck's Levon Cade books. Very entertaining; great choice for a TV series.

Blogger Harry Goldblatt MD November 02, 2018 9:38 AM  

@Dave - YES! These books will make for awesome TV shows. I hope Sly and Chuck can keep things out of the hands of greasy entertainment executives.

Blogger Jack Ward November 02, 2018 9:53 AM  

Didn't know that Chuck did full length books. Will have to try out the Levon Cade series. Movie rights, eh? Hope Chuck doesn't get so rich he has no time for Vox projects.

Blogger tuberman November 02, 2018 9:59 AM  

Dixon's "Cade" series is a Fun read, and the first book is excellent.

Blogger Dave W. November 02, 2018 10:08 AM  

This is the best news I've had this week. I love the Levon Cade series! I hope they do it justice.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella November 02, 2018 10:52 AM  

okay, now I'm excited about all this. Sylester Stallone makes the awesomest strong man movies!!!

Blogger veryfunnyminion November 02, 2018 10:52 AM  

I've kind of enjoyed Sly's Expendables movies. Mostly from a sentimental point of view based on the cast, Sly, Dolph Lundgren, Antonio Banderas, etc., even Arnie.

That and things like the fact that Bruce Willis is still doing action flicks just keeps driving home the point that there hasn't really been any new bona-fide action hero stars in years to decades.

Blogger Jew613 November 02, 2018 11:16 AM  

Congratulations, it sounds awesome.

Blogger RobertDWood November 02, 2018 11:57 AM  

Stallone, Eastwood or Gibson are the only men in Babylon I have confidence to do justice in both artistic and masculine treatments of this kind of source material. Well done.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit November 02, 2018 11:58 AM  

Very cool! Just picked up Levon's Trade to add to the stack.

Blogger Peaceful Poster November 02, 2018 12:16 PM  

Levon Cade sounds a bit like Jack Reacher.

If so, sign me up.

Blogger Dave W. November 02, 2018 12:47 PM  

@19, it does a little bit, but it takes you places you never expected as the series goes on. Each book peels back a little bit more of the onion. It's one of the rare series that when a new book comes out, I pretty much drop everything else to finish it.

Blogger JAG November 02, 2018 1:23 PM  

Fantastic news. Eagerly awaiting the first broadcast.

Blogger Brick Hardslab November 02, 2018 1:44 PM  

I want bad times next

Blogger Sheila4g November 02, 2018 2:26 PM  

I LOVE the Levon Cade books. Far better than Jack Reacher, IMHO. Only concern would be how closely the t.v. adaptation would hew to the books, and what actor they'd pick for Levon. Also curious how they'll handle Levon's Jewish father-in-law who, from book 1 onward, is a massive sob.

OT - Vox or commenters. I'm not a comic-book reader, but would like to purchase something for a friend's elderly (85) father for Christmas (he loved the harmonica I got him last year). Any particular Arkhaven or other alt comic that might appeal - something with familiar characters or settings that wouldn't seem jarring to him? Appreciate any suggestions.

Blogger Ilk in Training November 02, 2018 2:52 PM  

Q2. The Legend. Not tired of winning.

Blogger Jon Mollison November 02, 2018 3:01 PM  

Any of you mopes want to give Chuck's long form fiction a shot, I can personally recommend "Blooded" and "Gomers", a vampire and zombie tale, respectively. I hear the audio book versions are pretty good, too...

/marketing hat off

Blogger Brian S November 02, 2018 3:18 PM  

Literally lol, nice

Blogger Scott November 02, 2018 4:03 PM  

Wait... Chuck wrote novels? Must get!

Blogger artensoll November 02, 2018 4:25 PM  

"Wait... Chuck wrote novels? Must get!'

Ikr, I just ordered the first Levon Cade. I used to love Jack Reacher before they got silly.

Blogger Dave November 02, 2018 5:30 PM  

Most or all of Chuck's books are on KU. Also, he generously gives away books for free on Kindle at various times; "Gomers" recently was free on Kindle through Halloween. He knows you'll be back asking for more.

Blogger Dave November 02, 2018 5:45 PM  

Seriously Sly:

[emphasis added] EXCLUSIVE: Balboa Productions, the recently formed shingle led by Sylvester Stallone and producer Braden Aftergood, has solidified its project lineup, some of which will be starring vehicles for Stallone, who will also produce the projects with Aftergood.

Likely to be first in the pipeline is Samaritan, written by Bragi Schut, which is a dark, fresh take on the superhero genre that has Stallone attached to star. The aim is to start production next year.

Also in the works is Stallone’s long-gestating Hunter adaptation based on the novel by James Byron Huggins. Stallone bought film rights to Hunter in 2009 reportedly with the idea to incorporate it into a Rambo story line. The book centers on Nathaniel Hunter, whose hyper-tracking skills are employed to hunt down a raging beast, a half-human terror created by a renegade agency that is threatening to wreak havoc on civilization. Balboa is in the process of locking down a writer.

n addition, Balboa has acquired the film rights to Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent, a memoir by 30-year FBI veteran Michael McGowan and Ralph Pezzullo. Before his retirement, McGowan served as an FBI field operative who, unprecedentedly, worked on more than 50 undercover cases. A search for a screenwriter is now underway.

Other projects include a film set in the world of special ops to be written by retired Army Ranger Max Adams. That pic, along with Hunter, and Ghost, are being backed by Chinese financier Starlight Cultural Entertainment, which has an overall deal with Balboa.

On the TV side, the company’s development slate includes Levon’s Trade, from comic book author Chuck Dixon, and Second Son, adapted from the bestselling novel by Charles Sailor which Rob Williams (Killing Eve) will pen.

Balboa launched this year with its first feature about Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion who was recently pardoned by President Donald Trump; the movie is set up at MGM.

Stallone is in the midst of shooting Rambo V and will soon be seen on the big screen starring in the Creed sequel, which is out November 21.

Blogger lowercaseb November 02, 2018 6:04 PM  

A non-converged movie project. It almost makes me want to did the headshot and resume out of storage.

Blogger CoolHand November 03, 2018 3:00 AM  

Having never read any of Chuck's novels, this post prompted me to look into them.

I started in on the Levon series this evening and didn't let go until I'd finished book three.

It's good.

Book four is already in the queue, but I've gotta tap out for the night, or I won't get anything at all done in the shop tomorrow.

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