Volume 4, Issue 26!
“Craw County Comes to TV”
It’s always exciting when something you’ve been saying SHOULD happen finally does. Case in point: late Thursday night it was announced that Southern Bastards, a title that I’ve longed thought could be an excellent TV show, was being prepped to air on the FX Network. FX has made a name for themselves with gritty and dark shows like The Shield, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, and Rescue Me, and in all honesty it’s an ideal fit for the world that Jason Aaron and Jason Latour have created for their Image Comics title.
Of course, with the news hitting so recently there’s nothing to really report about it. All that we know is that it’s being developed for FX, and Jason Aaron and Jason Latour are not only credited as Executive Producers, they’re also going to be writing the script as well (most likely for the pilot). I’m always more on board with an adaptation of a comic property when the creators are involved, so hearing this news has made me even more excited for the upcoming show.
While we don’t know anything about the upcoming Southern Bastards show, I do wonder who they’ll cast for Earl Tubbs and Coach Euless Boss. These two are the main attractions, and they have to both be played by actors that have a commanding presence. I could easily see Ron Perlman or even Robert Duvall playing Tubbs, the man who comes back to Craw County. Coach Boss, on the other hand, is extremely difficult. For some reason Scott Glenn (Stick from Daredevil) keeps popping into my head as the Football Coach and crime lord, but I don’t think he can pull off the intimidating nature of Boss. However, I really hope FX keeps their Walton Goggins streak going by hiring him to play Boss’ father in flashbacks.
Another question about the prospect of a Southern Bastards TV show is, well, just how are you going to adapt it anyways? With only 9 issues of the series completed, there’s a small part of me that thinks that it seems a little premature for this series to ALREADY have a TV show deal. They could cover the first 9 issues in 1 season, which would leave us with something that could be completely different from the comic series (which isn’t a bad thing necessarily). But on the other hand, the fact that Aaron and Latour are adapting their work means that they can expand on the world of Craw County more than they did the first time around. Hell, they might even change things like The Walking Dead TV show has.
Despite these little nagging questions, I’m beyond excited at the prospect of seeing Coach Boss on my TV every week. With any luck, Southern Bastards will become a juggernaut like The Walking Dead (I know, it’s a stretch, but it’s possible). The fact that this will get more eyes and attention on this awesome series makes me extremely happy, and I can’t wait to get more information when it hits.