Friday, December 11, 2009

Pied Piper of Hamelin Movie

'Piper' comic book being adapted into film: Project to take a dark look at Pied Piper of Hamelin fable by Borys Kit

Persistent Entertainment, Pantry Films and Zenescope Entertainment are teaming up to produce an adaptation of Zenescope's comic "The Piper."

"Piper" aims to take a dark look at the Pied Piper of Hamelin fable. The story will center on a much-bullied high school band student who unintentionally channels the spirit of the mysterious Pied Piper and triggers terrifying consequences of his actions beyond his control.

The Piper (Grimm Fairy Tales) by Mike Kalvoda and Axel Machain, the graphic novel upon which the movie will be based, was published a few years ago and is still available. Here's the product description from the publisher:

Seven hundred years ago he took a horrifying revenge and paid the ultimate price for his sins. Now he's returned to forge a deal that will cost more than your life! Present day Florida, a prestigious boarding academy where a musically gifted but misunderstood high school student named Sean stumbles upon a mysterious book that will give him the ability to finally get back at those who have wronged him the last few years. But when Sean realizes exactly what he has summoned, he knows that the price of revenge is certainly not worth the trouble... It's time to pay the Piper! All four issues now collected in one incredible trade paperback!


  1. Wow! I didn't know about this comic. I want to take a look at it now. The only contemporary experience I've had with the Pied Piper of Hamelin fairy tale is China Miéville's King Rat and more recently, Bill Willingham's Peter & Max. Thank you for pointing this out! :)

  2. There's also (though 1985, so not exactly contemporary) Jiří Barta's film Krysař (The Rat-Catcher), which I know mostly from this review, and, very recently, George Benjamin's opera Into the Little Hill.