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Brubaker Spreads His “Bad Influences”

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Brubaker Spreads His “Bad Influences”

Brubaker is currently hard at work finishing up “Bad Influences,” and once he completes that he’ll probably turn his attention to the next volume of “Criminal.” But that doesn’t mean he’s done with “Incognito.” In fact, the writer already knows what his and co-creator Phillips’ follow-up is going to be.

“The ‘Incognito’ story after this one won’t actually involve Zack Overkill at all. I actually have an ‘Incognito Annual’ issue that I’m trying to figure out what format to do it in. I’m debating doing it as a European style hardcover; a 48 or 60 page one-shot and see if our fans will go for that. Either way, that will be the next ‘Incognito’ story after ‘Bad Influences,'” the writer revealed. “It’s actually a story that’s more about the heroes. I’ve been sitting on this story ever since I was about halfway through the first ‘Incognito.’ It was something I was going to do as a sequel. Then I realized that I really wanted to spend more time with Zack first, so I thought ‘Bad Influences’ would be better as a sequel since it helps build the world a little more before we expand it.”

Brubaker has also begun to imagine what the story of “Incognito” will look like in other mediums, since Fox is currently developing a film adaptation of the first series. Brubaker’s friend Robert Schenkkan, who scripted the film adaption of Graham Greene’s novel “The Quiet American,” is currently working on a script. “You never know until there’s actually a director and a star attached, but everything looks really positive moving forward. We’re still a couple weeks away from anything like a really tight first draft of the script,” Brubaker said. ” From that point, though, things could and should start moving a lot faster.”

While the screenplay is still in the process of being written, Brubaker has had meetings with the producers of the “Incognito” film. He was left with the feeling that the adaptation of his story was in good hands after one producer told him that he wants the film to be very faithful to the source material. “I was kind of shocked to hear that, just because the source material is pretty hardcore in some ways. I’m sure they’ll have to soften some of it here and there or leave some stuff out. The producers really got what the book was about, though. They really got the dilemma of the main character and how he can’t be a guy who just becomes a hero,” Brubaker stated. “It’s the dichotomy of what he’s doing and how he feels about it, which actually makes him an interesting lead. He’s got utter disdain for people and yet he’s so bored by his life that he has to go out and save people. His response to saving someone is, ‘Don’t be so stupid.’ [Laughs] So they know he has to be a darker guy and I think that’s really cool.”

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