Road To Perdition
The original graphic novel about Capone-era crime inspired the makers of the film Road To Perdition immediately.
Producer Dean Zanuck, received Collins novel and having never even seen a graphic novel, he began flipping through it and was hooked. I just loved it, he recalls. The father and son story had a powerful emotional impact on me, and the illustrations by Richard Piers Rayner provided a great visual of the period. That, combined with the action in the piece, made it very appealing. When I finished it, I said to my wife, I think something special is going to happen with this. Father and producer Richard D. Zanuck and Steven Spielberg (Dreamworks) also felt the novel had amazing potential as a film and went on to base the major production on the book.
Screenplays and novels
As well as working as an independent filmmaker Collins was creative consultant on "Dick Tracy". Having scripted the comic strip from 77 to 93 and written three Tracy novels Collins was more the qualified for the role!
Collins has written the novelisation of Road To Perditions screenplay and says: The screenplay is very good and quite faithful. The cast and director and producer are all the best the movie industry has to offer. I do wish I could have written the script. Their take on the story differs from mine slightly -- my vision is more violent, wilder, a John Woo kind of American samurai thing...whereas this movie will fall more in the Godfather area...which is a nice area.
Collins has also published other movie tie-in novels, like international bestsellers In the Line of Fire, Maverick, Waterworld, Air Force One, Saving Private Ryan.
Release Date: September 20
Running Time: 116 mins