Before you continue reading this article, take 17 minutes out of your day and watch the fantastic short above, “Truth in Journalism.” Coming from producer Adi Shankar, director Joe Lynch and “True Blood” star Ryan Kwanten, the comic book short has been getting massive buzz and, we’d argue, is the best thing you’ve watched all day.
Watched it yet? Well, ready or not, spoilers lie ahead. In an interview with Collider, Shankar explains that this movie isn’t a petition to land Kwanten a role as Venom in a forthcoming movie (though it’s a fantastic argument for casting him in the role), but rather Shankar expanding his vision as a filmmaker and artist.
“The philosophy is simple: Let’s take some of the money made from these movies to make something cool. I’m here now, I’m inevitably going to die at some point, and as an artist I feel an ardent urge to constantly be creating,” he says. “I don’t subscribe to the school of thought that as a feature film producer I shouldn’t dabble in television, web content, or even comic books … that thinking perpetuates the consumerist mosh pit we are now desperately trying to dig ourselves out of. I have a burning desire to entertain and different mediums allow me to do this in different ways.”
He adds, “These shorts are as much a part of my filmography as the movies are. I’m here now, I’m inevitably going to die at some point, and as an artist I feel an ardent urge to constantly be creating.”
In 2012, Shankar produced another Marvel comics short film based on the “Punisher” franchise called “Dirty Laundry.” In that, Thomas Jane reprised his role as the Punisher and Ron Perlman played Big Mike. According to Shankar, we should expect more of these fantastic shorts going forward.
Meanwhile, Lynch says of directing “Truth in Journalism,” “This was 200 percent pure ‘passion project,’ a dream come true for a comics ‘n cult-film loving fan to work within two distinct worlds I grew up loving. As a lover of mixing pop culture into storytelling, in a Warholian way, ‘Truth in Journalism’ is pure ‘Pop Art’. I’ve rarely been as proud of something I’ve created as much as I had with this project and thrilled the ‘Truth’ has been unleashed to the world. To CineMAAA!”
Would you like to see Kwanten reprise the role of Eddie Brock — aka Venom — again? What did you think of this short?