In life, it really does come down to who you know. Do not get me wrong. It takes talent to get someone to notice what you are doing as well. However, being in the right place at the right time has everything to do with it too. “The Vault” comic book writer Sam Sarkar is finding out very quickly that health benefits are not the only ones you get when working with Johnny Depp as an executive at the star’s production company, Infinitum Nihil.
Depp’s company just joined forces with GK Films’ Graham King and Tim Headington to bring Sarkar’s Image Comics three-issue mini-series to the big screen. The news comes as a surprise to some because the first issue of the comic just hit store shelves this week. Infinitum Nihil and GK Films must be pretty confident “The Vault” is going to grab people’s attention to jump on securing its rights before it has even proved itself through sales. Then again, money is thrown around at projects that never see the light of day all the time in Hollywood.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Vault” tells the story of “a group of divers who, off the coast of Nov Scotia, uncover a sarcophagus with unusual remains and inadvertently unleash an ancient evil.” This sounds like it could be a good mixture of horror and sci-fi in the tradition of “The Abyss,” “DeepStar Six,” and “Sphere.” The comic was written by Sam Sarkar and drawn by Garrie Gastonny. The duo worked together before on a supernatural Western graphic novel titled “Caliber” for Radical Publishing.
Although it has not been out long, the first issue of “The Vault” is garnering good reviews. One reader called it a “fabulous, mysterious adventure.” Bill Sherman from Blogcritics.org called it “the comic book equivalent of a big-budget summer blockbuster.” DS Arsenault of Weekly Comic Book Review wrote, “What a gem of a book! I can totally recommend ‘The Vault.’ Get it now.”
GK Films has a first-look deal with Depp’s Infinitum Nihil. They recently worked together on the animated feature “Rango.” King and company are presently working with Martin Scorsese to release the director’s first attempt at a children’s film, “Hugo.” It would appear that “The Vault” could not be in better hands.
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