In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, learn about the interesting series of events that saw the indie comic, Marry Me, turn into a big movie.

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COMIC CAPTION:

A chance comic-con reunion led to a film option years later of an indie graphic novel.

STATUS:

True

The treatment of comics and graphic novels has obviously come a long way over the years and honestly the fact that a non-genre movie has a comic book origin isn’t quite the interesting detail that it used to be in the past, especially not after films such as Blue is the hottest color, Extraction, road to perdition, My friend Dahmer and time cop were all published based on comics (okay, time cop is technically a genre film, but it’s still not as well known as being based on a comic, so I’m still counting it). However, the WAY Bobby Crosby is Marry me (with art by Remy “Eisu” Mokhtar) was adapted always sounded interesting enough to me to be spotlighted as a comic book legend.



The film stars Jennifer Lopez as a pop singer who was to wed her pop star fiancée in a live wedding ceremony/concert to celebrate their hit single, “Marry Me”, but plans change when she finds out. just before the concert/ceremony that her fiancée cheats on her with her assistant. In a bit of a daze, she decides to marry a single dad in the audience (played by Owen Wilson) who was holding a sign of his daughter with the name of the song “Marry Me” on it and hilarity ensues ( and maybe a legit romance!).

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First of all, the fact that Marry Me is the first film adaptation of a WEBCOMIC is, in itself, interesting. It’s almost surprising that it took so long, honestly.



Anyway, it was 2001 when Bobby Crosby was watching a concert on TV and saw the famous sign that ultimately drove the plot of Marry me, which are fans holding signs asking the singer to marry them. Crosby was hit with the big “What if?” from “What If a Singer Said Yes?”

This was the genesis of what was to become Marry me, which launched as a webcomic on Valentine’s Day 2007, a full FIFTEEN YEARS before the film was released. Amusingly, though, Crosby always knew the project sounded perfect for a movie, because the original website (which today sends you to the comic’s website) was MarryMeMovie.com.


As Crosby recently recalled, “there was always a big reaction” whenever people heard him describe the plot of the comic. He added: “They could just see the movie.”

Crosby has had a number of offers over the years, including a relatively early pitch that reportedly involved reversing the genders of the main characters and casting Justin Timberlake as the singer who marries a fan with a “Marry Me” sign. . Crosby turned down that one. However, there was always one person who had an ear for Crosby in those early days, someone who had just stumbled upon the comic book by chance.

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The other week, John Rogers (former writer on blue beetle for DC), who ultimately adapted the film, tweeted“Your occasional reminder that MARRY ME with Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson happened because I saw a physical copy of the indie comic on a folding table at Comic-Con in San Diego in 2008. So, you know, finish your fucking comic. Or whatever you do. Do it.

Amazingly, Crosby then responded to Rogers’ tweet, noting the two of them, “Sometimes it takes a while to make a movie! Everyone’s going to see #MarryMeMovie this weekend!” then adding the very original email he had received from Rogers about the comic (which arrived months after the chance meeting with Rogers at Comic-Con in San Diego a few months earlier!


Crosby recalled the Rogers SDCC incident, noting that they met when Rogers was “walking past my San Diego Comic-Con booth in 2008 or 2009…and [saying] ‘Hey, what is it?'”

Even with that, it wasn’t until 2012 that Rogers (perhaps best known for the TV series Leverage and The Librarian and for co-writing the first live-action film Transformers film, but in the comic world, Rogers also worked for BOOM! and one Dungeons and Dragons series for IDW) actually went for the movie and eventually Jennifer Lopez got attached and the rest was history… well… history POSSIBLE, which is to say it still took plenty of time for the movie to actually come out.


Of course, part of the decision to have Jennifer Lopez in the film is that the plot of the story had to be changed (because Lopez is much older than the original main character of Marry me and when you age the characters, you end up adding new characters like a teenage girl, but the basic concept of the original story is still the idea of ​​the movie).

Crosby added recently: “A lot of stories are just remakes. And I’m glad [this movie] is based on something… A somewhat obscure webcomic. It’s a lot more original than most movies Hollywood makes these days. So I like it… especially since it’s mine.

Thanks to John Rogers, Bobby Crosby, and Megan Stone (for Crosby quotes) for the great info on a fun journey from comics to film!

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