MADI: Once Upon A Time In The Future – Duncan Jones’s new project to become a graphic novel


BAFTA winning writer-director Duncan Jones is turning graphic novelist with his latest project MADI: Once Upon A Time In The Future, available through Kickstarter.

MADI is the third and final story in the “Mooniverse,” an anthology of independent stories including Moon and Mute that take place in a shared future.

Madi Preston, a veteran of Britain’s elite special operations J-Squad unit, is burnt out and up to her eyeballs in debt. She and the rest of her team have retired from the military but are now trapped having to pay to service and maintain the technology put into them during their years of service. They’re working for British conglomerate Liberty Inc as  mercenaries, selling their unique ability to be remote controlled by specialists while in the field, and the debts are only growing as they get injured completing missions. We meet Madi as she decides she’s had enough.  She will take an off-the-books job that should earn her enough to pay out her and her sister, but when the piece of tech she’s supposed to steal turns out to be a kid, and she suddenly blacks out… she finds herself on the run from everyone she’s ever known.  In a globe-spanning adventure from Shanghai to Soho, Madi has to stay one step ahead of the giant corporations closing in on her from all sides.

MADI is a 260-page road trip graphic novel set in the near future, by film director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and writer Alex de Campi (Bad Karma, Blade Runner), and drawn by some of comics’ most exciting artists including Glenn Fabry, Simon Bisley, Duncan Fegredo and Pia Guerra. Each artist tackles a 8-30 page section of the story, bringing to life one location.

In an interview with The Guardian, Jones explained the decision to turn his screenplay into a graphic novel. “When the reality of Madi’s scale hit the budgeting process, it was clear that getting a film like that made … was going to be an uphill battle,” says Jones. “But film is just one way to tell a story. Comics are another.”

The Madi: Once Upon A Time In The Future Kickstarter campaign runs till 19th June and fans can make a pledge and receive a copy of the graphic novel on paperback, hardback or deluxe edition when it is published in November.

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