I recently got the chance to sit down with returning producer Rick Arnold, seeing as I was around when Rick was first here. It made me feel a little old when he mentioned how long he had been away. We discussed why he came back and what his plans for the future are and here is what he said.
KRIS: So you’ve returned to HTG after a long absence, How’s it feel to be back?
RICK: It feels good to be back in a community after such a long absence. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to shake off the ring rust that I’ve developed and get back to finally finishing something!
KRIS: What have you been upto since you left?
RICK: Well, I was spending my retirement living a life of luxury on a beach in South America. Then my money ran out about a week into that, so I was forced to come back to the real world. Then I just played XBox… a lot. Basically, all I’ve been up to is XBox. Yea…
KRIS: Need to get on PS3 man, So what have you been working on and when will we likely see the first release?
RICK: Well, before I left the world of virtual producing, I had been working on an adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s Irredeemable Ant-Man and had completed the first film in the series. So I’ve been definitely kicking that around.
As for other ideas… well, I’ve been mapping out and started writing a sequel to Jurassic Park. There’s probably like three big franchises that I’d really love to write for — Jurassic Park, Spider-Man and Batman — and with JP, I feel I’m really close to hitting it out of the park (I think I made a pun…) with something.
KRIS: Ant-Man is fascinating character in my opinion as he’s not as well known to fans outside of Marvel comics. What will you be looking to do to make the film appeal to general audience?
RICK: It’s hard, you know, because I think Ant-Man is generally considered to be a goof character by the general public, who’s biggest moment was when he backhanded his wife. But he’s really a complex character. Dr. Henry Pym is an extremely conflicted character, who’s full of self-esteem issues and overshadowed by other Avengers like Tony Stark. He also inadvertently unleashed Ultron on the Marvel universe, after it gained sentience.
And then there’s Eric O’Grady, the third Ant-Man and ‘hero’ of the Irredeemable Ant-Man. He’s a low-level SHIELD agent who’s gotten by in life by bullshitting and doing as little as possible. Then, by pure chance, O’Grady comes into possession of a version of the Ant-Man gear and suddenly has access to a bunch of new powers. The overall arc of the story is that Eric O’Grady is sort of a scumbag, but he’s trying to discover a heart of gold in there — but he really loves to use his powers for less-then-noble goals.
Oh, and unlike our real-life Marvel overlords, I am committed to bringing an Ant-Man directed by Edgar Wright. So the general public has that to look forward to.
KRIS: How about other franchises, Any out there you would love to tackle?
RICK: Aside from the aforementioned Jurassic Park, Spider-Man and Batman; I’ve always had a love for the Firefly/Serenity universe. I’m also a huge Marvel fanboy and have always wanted to take a whack at Daredevil and the Punisher.
KRIS: Well I own the Firefly/Serenity franchise so we should talk some more, Well it’s great that your back and we at the times wish you all the best for the future and we look forward to seeing your films.
Tags: Ant-Man, Batman, Firefly, Jurassic Park, Rick Arnold, Spider-Man