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“Hotwire” brings girls, ghosts, and guns to this week’s “Adapt This” column

September 20th, 2012 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

Honestly, it seems like a no-brainer for Hollywood to go after Steve Pugh and Warren Ellis’ Hotwire as adaptation material. The formula is pretty simple:

Cute girl who can kick all kinds of butt + Scary killer ghosts + Futuristic, cyber-punk London = Profit

Here’s an excerpt from the column:

Like “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” mixed with a healthy dose of “Blade Runner,” this story is a nice blend of cyberpunk and gritty investigative elements flavored with enough science-fiction and fantasy to keep things interesting and fresh. Steve Pugh and the story’s original creator, Warren Ellis, have created a rich character in Alice Hotwire that’s more than just the standard hacker archetype, all snark and style. Much like Lisbeth Salander in the Dragon Tattoo novels, Alice has very real flaws and vulnerabilities that make her moments of confident, ass-kicking action that much more memorable.

With the first, four-issue volume of Hotwire, titled “Requiem For The Dead,” there’s also a nicely encapsulated story arc that serves well as an introduction and general narrative for a feature-length film. Despite running through four issues, it’s easy to see “Requiem for the Dead” formatted as a three-act story with a growing sense of spectacle that pays off with an exciting, effects-heavy, action-packed finale.

You can read the rest of this week’s “Adapt This” column at IFC.com.

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