Netflix's October Faction Showrunner On Adapting The Cult Comic Book
The new Netflix sci-fi show October Faction is the latest cult comic book to be adapted for the screen. It’s based on the comic by Steve Niles and Damien Worm and focuses on a pair of married monster hunters who return to their hometown with their teenage kids after a family death. Now showrunner Damian Kindler has spoken about adapting the comic book to the screen.
Talking to Screenrant, Kindler explained that prior knowledge of the comic was not necessary to watch the show. “I think it’s really important to note that, by design, if you have not read the comic book, you can completely enjoy the series,” he said. “In fact, I was very aware that, while there are some very hardcore fans of Steve Niles and his work, there are a lot of people who have not read his work. It’s a bit more niche; it’s not like Watchmen or any DC/Marvel stuff.”
In addition, Kindler stated that even when changes to the story were made, it was all with Niles’s blessing. “There’s nothing worse than taking a work that an author’s done a great job with and then running off a cliff with it,” he said. “I wanted to make sure that he approved of every liberty I was going to take with it, and he did. He was very appreciative and very supportive, and he absolutely loved everything we did with it. So, it wasn’t just ad hoc; it was done with the best of intentions and good support.”
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Kindler also revealed that making the show for Netflix–where every episode is released at once–changes the approach to the way it is written that on a regular series. “This is one story told in ten chapters that keeps the plot really moving and changing,” he said. “And also, in a way, the first season is an origin story that tees up the format of the show, almost like season 1 is the origin story of what ends up being the October Faction. As opposed to starting with, ‘We’re a team of monster people.’
“I liked backing it up and showing everybody how everything got started, rather than just diving in and saying, ‘Well, here we are. We’re doing this.’ I wanted to have a more interesting origin to the whole thing.”
October Faction Season 1 is now available on Netflix. For more, check out GameSpot’s look at the best movies and shows to watch on Netflix in February, plus our guide to the biggest upcoming shows of 2020.
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