Before Turok was a video game, it was a relatively successful comic published in the 1950s. I never had the opportunity to read it, but I'm hoping that it one day gets republished, because I desperately want to.
Well, color me surprised because suddenly a trailer for what appears to be a full-length cartoon movie based on the comic has turned up on YouTube. And judging by the amount of gore in the trailer, this ain't no Disney movie:
Wikipedia reports that Turok, Son of Stone is a 70-minute straight-to-DVD feature film being produced by a company called Classic Media. What excites me about the trailer is that the movie appears to be based on the original material rather than the various video games most people are familiar with. In the comic, Turok was an American Indian who was trapped in a lost valley with his young companion Andar. The video games completely scrapped the storyline to substitute cybernetic dinosaurs and aliens, which I always thought was a poor trade-off.
Why a Turok movie now? I'm sure it has nothing to do with the highly anticipated Turok video game for the Xbox 360, hitting stores early next year. *cough* Ironically, that game also scraps the original storyline for a less-original plot about space marines and dinosaurs.
I have no information about when Turok, Son of Stone is coming out, but when I do, I'll make sure to post it.