Are we headed for a pulp film renaissance?

Over at Cinematical Elizabeth Rappe wonders if we are on the cusp of a pulp renaissance in film. She cites projects in various stages of development such as Tarzan, Solomon Kane, Conan the Barbarian, The Shadow, John Carter of Mars, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and Doc Savage.

She even mentions The Killer Inside Me which she posits transcended the genre.

The peril of the written word, especially in the digital age, is that nothing you write ever dies. It’s always available, ready to be Googled and mocked in the ages to come. So, I don’t want to get too giddy in predicting film trends because there’s a 99% chance I’ll be wrong. But the rumblings of the trades suggest we’re in for a revival of pulp-based films.

I think that she is right in noticing that a trend may be forming but I think she fails to state one of the simple reasons that these properties are being developed. That they are mostly in the public domain. This real world concern has to be factored in.

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Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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About Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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