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DOORWAYS Coming in November

I am thrilled (really) to reveal that today at the San Diego Comicon IDW Comics announced their plans to publish a miniseries and graphic novel of DOORWAYS, the television pilot that I created, wrote, and produced for ABC from 1991 to 1993.

The first issue will be published in November.

-- Tom, an emergency room doc at a Los Angeles hospital,
-- Cat, a half-feral fugitive from an alternate timeline.
-- Thane, the manhound, part human, part animal, part cybernetic, stalking Cat from world to world at the behest of his alien masters.

This first DOORWAYS series will be based on the revised version of my script, not (not not NOT, please note) on the TV show as shot. In other words, the characters as they appear in the comic will not look anything like the actors who portrayed them in 1993, in the version (the bloated two-hour version) of DOORWAYS that was released on video way back when. (This is purely for legal reasons and should not taken as a reflection on the actors, all of whom were terrific, especially Anne Le Guernec, the young French actress who played Cat).

A graphic novel is only as good as its artwork, of course. The art for DOORWAYS will be provided by the amazing Italian artist Stefano Martino (well, born in Italy, but he's lived in France and is presently in Spain). Fans will know him for his outstanding work on IDW's DOCTOR WHO comic. I selected Stefano personally from among a dozen candidates, and I love what I have seen of his stuff so far.

Stefano is working directly from my original teleplay, so we have not needed to bring aboard a scriptor as on some of my other recent comic projects. This time around, the writer is me. And doing this as a graphic novel rather than a television show means that we are not straight-jacketed by studio budgets or the state of SFX in 1993... so, for instance, our manhounds no longer need to be guys in rubber suits, and we should be able to have much more fun with the aliens and their technology.

DOORWAYS is the great "might have been" of my career in Hollywood. It was the closest I ever came to getting my own show on the air. Two years of my life went into it, and unsurprisingly, I came to love the characters and their world. Worlds, in this case. When DOORWAYS slammed shut on me, and I had to say goodbye to Tom and Cat and all those stories that would now remain forever untold, it felt as though a part of me had died. But now IDW has opened that door again and I can't tell you how pleased that makes me.

In the summer of 1991 when I pitched to pitched the concept for a new weekly science fiction series to the suits at ABC, network television had done plenty of space travel and time travel shows , but one of the great tropes of science fiction remained largely untouched -- the parallel worlds story. "What if" stories, sideways-in-time tales, worlds where the South won the Civil War, where the Roman Empire never fell, where Pete Best was still drumming for the Beatles... we could do them all, in an action/ adventure framework with some romance and sexual tension and an on-going Fugitive overplot for garnishes.

And if IDW's new DOORWAYS comic finds an audience, it's my hope that we will do them all... starting with the first draft of my pilot script, which featured an entirely different alternate world from the shooting script, and then going on to the six never-produced back-up scripts... and then maybe, just maybe, creating brand new original tales (tales NOT written by me, so please don't get your panties in a twist, ICE & FIRE remains first priority, any new DOORWAYS scripts will be penned by writers I hire and supervise, as with those five other back-up scripts from 1992-93, at least until the SONG is sung) that will take Tom and Cat to worlds we never would have dreamed of doing on a weekly television budget...

The DOORWAYS open in November. Reserve a copy at your favorite comic shop.

(Did someone mention SLIDERS? Slowly I turned... step by step, inch by inch, I... but no, really, don't do that. That's a sore spot. One might even say a festering boil.)


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Jul. 24th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
Ahh, was waiting for the details to solidify. Good stuff. Stefano Martino's worked with IDW on some of their Doctor Who comics.

I've looked on occasion for a tape of Doorways, but no such luck so far (mostly I just come across other people posting about looking for it as well). Seeing the produced script adapted should be an excellent substitute, though it's too bad I won't be getting a glimpse of Kurtwood Smith.

Peter Poole
Oct. 6th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Doorways tape..
There was a commercial PAL VHS tape released in the UK if you have access to a machine that can handle such a thing.

Copies turn up on eBay UK fairly regularly.

Jul. 24th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
I can't wait! I've read Doorways and I was greatly interested XD [the concept did remind me of Sliders BUT I thought it was really different and better too XD].
Jul. 24th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
The Sliders reference for the age-impaired ;)


Hehe, I chose the best version in my opinion. YMMV
Jul. 24th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Re: The Sliders reference for the age-impaired ;)
Nice to see that someone still remembers the classics.

Though I always preferred the Abbott & Costello version myself.
Jul. 24th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
Re: The Sliders reference for the age-impaired ;)
The problem with the Abbott & Costello version is that it's Costello and Sid Fields ;) One has to be a purist when it comes to my slapstick, you know. *wink*
Jul. 25th, 2010 07:45 am (UTC)
Re: The Sliders reference for the age-impaired ;)
Jul. 25th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
Smaller payoff or no, graphic novels are much kinder to work on. I'm pretty excited to see this on shelves - looks like I'll be making a trip to the local place here in November. :)
Jul. 25th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
Talking about people from TV shows wickedly cut short...

I see Linda Hamilton has got herself a new role in the show Chuck!
Jul. 25th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
This news is a joy Mr. Martin! I believe with this series I am most excited to see it, as it is some of your earlier writing. If I was given opportunity to redo a series that did not do so well originally I would jump at the chance and pour all of my energy into it! I wish you best luck and hope the project fulfills you.

Probably this will be a good side project for you as well Mr. Martin that will give you much-needed breaks from working on THE DRAGON'S DANCE.
Jul. 25th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
This is pretty awesome news. Ever since reading your script for Doorways in Dreamsongs I've always thought it would have made for exciting TV. The story really grabbed me, and I'm very glad to hear that it will now actually have a continuation. Looks like I'll have to take my first stop by a comic store in a long time come November.
Jul. 25th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
This looks like a really great idea. I grew up reading X-Men, but after awhile(9th grade) lost my passion. However, before the movie for Watchmen came out, I somehow stumbled across the graphic novel. I really enjoyed it and want to read more graphic novels of that caliber and of that maturity. Does anyone have a good online reference that lists and rates quality graphic novels? When I was searching for a great fantasy series to read, I came across several sites that rated ASOIAF very highly and I have had no regrets in reading the series so far and have no reason to believe they won't continue to be oustanding. I am having more trouble finding a site with a comprehensive rating of short, graphic novel series. Help is appreciated.
Jul. 26th, 2010 08:07 am (UTC)
Re: Comics
Lev Grossman put together a decent top 10 list that you may find useful. I'd particularly recommend most of those, with Maus, Sandman, and Miracleman (which should soon be republished thanks to Marvel -- actually, I think they may even be renaming him Marvelman, as the character was originally called).

Or try this site, which distills six different "best graphic novels" lists into one. It's a bit slanted to superheroes, but it seems pretty decent.

Jul. 25th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Wow! I'm very intrigued by the plot and characters you described. Can't wait until November so I can check it out! Congrats! :D
Jul. 26th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
This is fantastic news! I own both Dunk & Egg graphic novels and thoroughly enjoyed them both. I loved "Doorways" when I read it in Dreamsongs and am looking forward to the adaptation. The cover looks great too!
Jul. 26th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
Wonderfull Series setup
It is such a coincidence. I have just finished reading Doorways (the original script) on a flight from London to Romania. So I am excited about a possible comic book based on the original.

Keep up the good writing.
Jul. 27th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
Hoooraay!! I saw your rough cut of Doorways at MagiCon and was looking forward to seeing more of it. At last,now it's coming out in comics. I'm really glad that you'll be able to use the material. Best of luck with this project.
Jul. 29th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
"worlds where the South won the Civil War, where the Roman Empire never fell, where Pete Best was still drumming for the Beatles..."

I thought the third part of the classic "arson, murder and jaywalking" summary of alternate world SF was supposed to be, "What if the Beatles had had a really good drummer?"
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