The Incal

Although Nicolas Winding Refn‘s plans to adapt Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius‘ seminal graphic novel The Incal haven’t yet gotten off the ground, today we have a short-form cinematic treatment by animator Pascal Blais. A few years back, he worked with a small team to develop a proof-of-concept trailer for an animated adaptation of the sci-fi epic. Though it never went into actual production, it is an intriguing and gorgeously realized tribute to a widely loved graphic novel, which was published by Humanoids, and brought to life Jodorowsky’s fictional universe “Jodoverse,” that was described by many as a contender for the medium’s best work.

It’s set in a dystopian, dominantly human-populated city which resides in a neighboring galaxy to one that hosts aliens named Bergs, who resemble featherless birds. When a Berg dies, a human named John DiFool receives the Light Incal, a power crystal that makes him a sought-after power by many factions. See the trailer below, with a hat tip to First Showing, along with Pascal Blais’ introduction.

A movie trailer project inspired by the graphic novel “The INCAL”, from Moebius and Jodorowsky.

A while ago, I reunited a bunch of artists from the original “Heavy Metal” movie, to produce a trailer based upon this great work. Then I got busy building my company and it sat on my shelf until a few months back, when I decided to revamp it with today’s digital punch.

Two sequences from the original “Heavy Metal” movie were borrowed from Moebius’s work; “The Long Tomorrow” story and “Arzach”. Given that till this day, Moebius and Jodorowsky are heralded as some of the world’s greatest Sci-Fi visionaries; it seems to me that a film, based on their work would be even more successful than one inspired by it.

Bringing these incredible artists’s work to the big screen, I am convinced would be a great success…so much so that I animated and directed this piece with other like artists.

-Pascal Blais

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