Sunday, February 5, 2012

Why The Warriors?


I love The Warriors.  It's rather far from what one might call a perfect film, but it's always been one of my favourites.

I've always thought of it as an exemplary lesson in world building.  The opening scene of the movie tells the audience everything they need to know about the world that the Warriors live in.  The lingo.  The clothing.  The rituals and mannerisms.  It's all there, and it's all I want.

From the boppers to the soldiers to their rumbles for their turf, this movie literally oozes style from start to finish.  Every single character you see is another chance to learn just a little more about the strange world these gangs all inhabit.  The whole thing might skimp a little bit when it comes to substance, but's that's a sacrifice that I'm more than willing to make.

I've always wanted to spend more time in their world.  The Rockstar game back in 2005 was a welcome opportunity.  As was the Dable Brothers' comic book adaptation (although I only ever found one issue of it).  But now we have our own chance to revisit these faces, both old and new.


So what do you say, suckas?

Can you dig it?

4 comments:

  1. The Warriors – New York Dawn – Shaun Richens.

    Firstly I need to say I have never seen the movie so this is based only on research I have done, so my page could be really out of context and/or continuity, but heck I hope its at least fun.

    PAGE ONE.

    5 PANELS.

    1. A clenched fist covered in blood. We can’t see the owner until the next panel.

    CAPTION: SO THIS IS HOW I DIE.

    2. A waist up view of a member of The Rouges gang, he is facing towards camera but looking down. He is wearing a rouges outfit and has a look of gleeful hate on his face. His fist raised above him covered in blood, as he is about to launch a punch. We can make out parts of Coney Island behind him.

    CAPTION: I ALWAYS THOUGHT I’D BE SCARED OF THIS MOMENT.

    3. From over the shoulder of the Rouges member. We can now see that is sat straddled across a member of the Warriors on the ground. This is EOS, the younger brother of CLEON. His face is cover in blood and bruises he is on the edge of death.

    ROUGE: FUCKING WARRIORS.

    CAPTION: BUT MY DEATH WILL HAVE A PURPOSE.

    4. A similar panel to 2 but pulled out to make it page wide. The Rouge is still on EOS wiping his blood from his hands. Behind him we can see in the distant figures of other members of the warriors running from Coney Island towards The Rouge. He doesn’t know they are coming for.

    CAPTION: I WILL BE A MARTYR.

    5. A close up on EOS’s face his eyes closed. He has passed on. Now just a body.

    CAPTION 1: THE REASON THE WARRIORS TAKE NEW YORK.

    CAPTION 2: I HOPE MY BROTHER IS PROUD.

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    1. Just seen I have put rouge instead of rogue. PLease try to ignore my stupidity. :)

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    2. a) "Rouges" is hilarious. I'm imagining a gang of showgirls somewhere between the Lizzies and the Moulin Rouge.

      b) As to your actual script, I really dig this. I wasn't sure what to make of it at first, but the turn at the end is really effective. Did not see that coming.

      Being written solely from research, I'm impressed that you managed to capture some of the feel of the movie. Thumbs up.

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  2. I liked Rouges too, much better than Rogues. Nice script for someone who's never seen the movie.

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