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Some unrealized movie projects never die; they’re just
reborn in other media. That’s the case with Michael Mongillo’s recently
released genre comic THE LOST GIRL, which he discussed with Fango.
THE LOST GIRL began life as a
screenplay Mongillo hoped to direct, with Norman Reedus attached at one point to
star. Now available in the four-color format from Arcana Comics, the story
concerns a runaway orphan teen named Joy who hooks up with a mysterious
stranger who turns out to be a Neurian—one of a race of lycanthropic
shapeshifters. “THE LOST GIRL is a reaction to the classic WOLF MAN screenplay
by Curt Siodmak and equally inspired by the writings of Herodotus, the Greek ‘father
of history,’ ” Mongillo explains. “Siodmak was without the literary source
material of his film’s predecessors, such as FRANKENSTEIN and DRACULA, so he
boldly created his own mythology, most notably the ‘curse of the werewolf’
afflicting those bitten to continue the cycle of transformation and mayhem when
the moon is full. My research revealed that there are as many differences as
there are similarities in the werewolf folklore predating THE WOLF MAN; yet
nearly all werewolf fiction since has idly followed Siodmak’s innovations.
“Equally improbable is that one of the strangest sources of
werewolf lore is from an ancient historical account. In the 5th century B.C.,
Herodotus cited a clan of ‘shapeshifters,’ a people from southern Russia called
Neurians, or the Neuri, who annually transformed into beasts. What fascinated
me was that this brief account is historical, not mythological; thus, using the
simple premise of ‘Where would the Neuri be now, in the present day?’ as my
springboard, I was inspired by Siodmak’s trailblazing cue to do nothing short
of reinvent the legend of the werewolf.”
Mongillo is thrilled to see this story coming alive on the
page, with artwork by Rob Ten Pas that he deems “just perfect. I’m honored that
the story now lives as our collaborative vision. My hope is that Arcana’s movie
production arm, Arcana Studios, will decide to resurrect the movie version, but
if not, this is certainly a great life for Joy and the whole Neurian gang. It
was a blast adapting it for the singular medium of sequential-art storytelling,
and a lot of improvements were made from the source material in that adaptation
process. So for me, it was almost like getting to direct the film I never got
to make.” You can find out more about LOST GIRL at Arcana’s official website.
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