Dear Shaded Viewers,
Taika Waititi, the filmmaker is going to direct and co-write a feature adaptation of The Incal, the 1970’s comic book by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius. The Incal centers on intergalactic private eye John Difool, finds a mystical artifact called the Incal and goes on a journey to save the universe. This marks the first time that the publisher Humanoids gets into the world of film. Alejandro Jodorowsky dreamed up elements of The Incal when he attempted to direct an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Before signing on to The Incal, Waititi got the blessings of Jodorowsky over a Zoom session. Jodorowsky admits that if he were 40 years old he’d be enraged about someone else directing The Incal but as he is 92 he is not in any condition to direct such an epic film. “The Director of a film is God, a director must make a film in accordance with what he is. Taking the material, swallowing it and giving birth to it in his own way. Because for me genius is metaphysical!! He thinks about something other than making money with movies. He thinks about changing the world. If he does not change the world, I don’t want him.” says Jodorowsky. ”
The Incal is the story of John Difool, an intergalactic private eye who finds himself accidentally caught up in a grand space opera that combines politics, philosophy and existentialism, romanticism, and the meaning of life. Critically acclaimed since its 1980s debut in the pages of Metal Hurlant magazine, it’s been named as an influence inside and outside comics — 1997’s The Fifth Element owes no small debt — and it cemented Jodorowsky’s reputation as a comics visionary, heralding his work on a number of subsequent projects, including Metabarons, Son of the Gun, and Technopriests.
“The films and graphic novels of Alejandro Jodorowsky have influenced me and so many others for so long. I was stunned to be given the opportunity to bring his iconic characters to life and I am grateful to Alejandro, Fabrice and everyone at Humanoids for trusting me to do so,” said Waititi in a statement.
“When Humanoids’ CEO Fabrice Giger introduced me to Taika Waititi’s work, it became obvious to me that he was the one. I fully trust Taika’s creativity to give The Incal a stunning take, intimate and at the same time of cosmic proportions.” Alejandro Jodorowsky said.
Waititi has directed Thor: Love and Thunder and is developing a Star Wars feature. He won an Oscar for the screenplay of Jojo Rabbit.