DreamWorks Animation to Adapt Maintenance Comic Book
12.21.10 by BJSprecher
It looks like DreamWorks Animation is looking to continue to produce comic book-inspired action-comedies by following up Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) and MegaMind (2010) with an adaptatation of the Oni Press comic book series Maintenance. According to THR, DreamWorks picked up the rights to the series in a turnaround deal with Warner Bros. (WB), which had been developing the property as a directing vehicle for McG (Terminator Salvation), who was also producing through his Wonderland Sound and Vision production company. Created by writer Jim Massey and artist Robbi Rodriguez, Maintenance was originally published in December 2006 and centers around two janitors who work for TerroMax, Inc., where they clean up after the world's most evil scientists.
Here's the official synopsis of Maintenance #1 from Oni Press:
You think your job is bad?
Doug and Manny have you beat! These guys are janitors! But they’re not your typical custodial crew—no, sir! They’re the guys who keep things shiny and clean at TerroMax, Inc., the world’s biggest and best evil science think tank! When they’re not dealing with toxic spill monsters and talking mansharks, they still have to worry about mad scientists, crazy would-be dictators, and the cute girl who works at reception!
The THR article did not specify why WB put the project into turnaround, though it seemed to indicate that DreamWorks would not be using the script that Joe Ballarini had been working on for the WB adaptation. No writer, director, or producers were mentioned in connection with the DreamWorks adaptation.