The Old Guard (franchise)

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The Old Guard
Created byGreg Rucka
Leandro Fernández
Original workThe Old Guard: Opening Fire (2017)
Print publications
Graphic novel(s)The Old Guard: Opening Fire (2017)
The Old Guard: Force Multiplied (2019–20)
The Old Guard: Tales Through Time (2020–21)
Films and television
Film(s)The Old Guard (2020)
The Old Guard 2 (TBA)
Audio
Soundtrack(s)The Old Guard (Music from the Netflix film)

The Old Guard is a series of graphic novels created by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández. It has released over 16 novels from three series and a film adaptation from Netflix and Skydance Media with a sequel in the works. It follows a group of immortal soldiers, led by a +6,000-year-old woman named Andromache of Scythia (Andy), who have been around years and formed a group known as The Old Guard.[1]

Background[edit]

The series follows a group of soldiers who has given the gift of immortality. Led by Andromache of Scythia, Andy, and her comrades ply their trade for those who can find and afford their services. But in the 21st century, immortality is a hard secret to keep, and when they live long enough, they'll learn that there are many fates worse than death.

The Old Guard was named after the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment who lived since 1784 and inspiration for the team was made from Rucka who wanted the story to be an adventure about invincible characters, but he started to like their immortality better since he compares them to the Looney Tunes cartoons due to how many times you can hurt a character and they'll still keep going. However, immortality played a big part of the series for the characters as Rucka realized that halfway through the process of making the Old Guard, he was using the idea of that in an attempt to rationalize the necessity of death after his father's recent passing.[2]

Novels[edit]

The Old Guard: Opening Fire (2017)[edit]

The Old Guard is the first chapter of the series to be released with five novels on February 22, 2017 to June 21, 2017. The full version was released on August 30, 2017. It was written by Greg Rucka and illustrated by Leandro Fernández.[3] A Woman's History Month cover was made by Nicola Scott who became part of the third series later on.

The Old Guard: Force Multiplied (2019–20)[edit]

The Old Guard: Force Multiplied is the second chapter of the series and was released with five novels on December 18, 2019 to July 15, 2020.[4] The full version was released on September 16, 2020.[5][6]

The Old Guard: Tales Through Time (2020–21)[edit]

The Old Guard: Tales Through Time is the third chapter of the series and was released with six novels on April 21, 2021 to September 22, 2021. The full version was released on December 15, 2021. Unlike the last two chapters, this series was more of an anthology series made by various writers like Brian Michael Bendis, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction, Vita Ayala, Jason Aaron, David F. Walker, and artists like Valentine De Landro, Nicola Scott, Michael Avon Oeming, Rafael Albuquerque, Mike Henderson, Matthew Clark, and Kano.[7]

Characters[edit]

  • Andy - a 6,000+ year old woman known as Andromache of Scythia who's the leader of The Old Guard.
  • Nile Freeman - a former Marine Corps corporal from Chicago and current member of the Old Guard.
  • Booker - a thief from France in the late 1400s who was known as Sebastian Le Livre.
  • Joe - an artist from North Africa who was known as Yusuf al-Kaysani and is in a relationship with Nicky, whom he met while fighting on opposite sides during the Crusades.
  • Nicky - a Catholic priest from Italy who was known as Nicolò di Genova and is in a relationship with Joe, whom he met while fighting on opposite sides during the Crusades.
  • Noriko/Quynh - Andy’s former love interest and an immortal who nearly died from being drowned. In the novel series, she was a japanese fighter known as Noriko. However, for the film series, her character was changed to Vietnamese with her name now called Quynh, portrayed by Veronica Ngô.
  • James Copley

Critical reception[edit]

The series has received generally positive reviews, with praise for the premise, artwork, and LGBTQ+ representation, but with some criticism for its pacing. [8][9][10][11]

Film adaptations[edit]

Film U.S. release date Directed by Screenplay by Produced by Music by Cinematography Edited by Studio(s) Distributed by Status
The Old Guard July 10, 2020 Gina Prince-Bythewood Greg Rucka David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Charlize Theron, A.J. Dix, Beth Kono and Marc Evans Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O'Halloran Tami Reiker and Barry Ackroyd Terilyn A. Shropshire Skydance Media
Denver and Delilah Productions
Marc Evans Productions
Netflix Released
The Old Guard 2 TBA Victoria Mahoney David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Charlize Theron, A.J. Dix, Beth Kono, Marc Evans and Gina Prince-Bythewood Max Aruj and Ruth Barrett Barry Ackroyd TBA Post-Production

The Old Guard (2020)[edit]

The Old Guard was released on July 10, 2020, on Netflix and has been receiving generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for the action sequences and Theron's performance.[12][13]

In March 2017, Skydance Media picked up the rights to adapt the comic The Old Guard into a film with Rucka's contract stipulated that a major scene highlighting the romance between the characters Joe and Nicky from the comic book must also be in the film adaptation.[14][15]

In July 2018, they hired Gina Prince-Bythewood to direct with Rucka adapting his comic book to screenplay and Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger producing.[16] With a budget of about $70 million, Prince-Bythewood became the first black woman to direct a big-budget comic book film. In March 2019, Netflix picked up worldwide rights to the film and agreed to finance it with Skydance. Charlize Theron joined the film and also co-producing with Beth Kono, A.J. Dix, Marc Evans.[17] KiKi Layne was confirmed to star in the film after Netflix picked up the rights.

The Old Guard 2 (TBA)[edit]

It was reported on January 27, 2021 that Netflix had greenlit a sequel.[18] On August 26, it was announced that Victoria Mahoney would replace Prince-Bythewood as director for the sequel. Theron, Layne, Schoenaerts, Kenzari, Marinelli, Ngo, and Ejiofor are to reprise their respective roles from the original movie.[19] In June 2022, Uma Thurman and Henry Golding were cast in undisclosed roles.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Old Guard is an action blockbuster with historical tragedy in its bones". AV Club. June 2, 2017. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  2. ^ August 23, Darren Franich Updated; EDT, 2016 at 07:26 PM. "The Old Guard: Exclusive first look at Greg Rucka/Leandro Fernandez comic from Image". EW.com.
  3. ^ "The Old Guard, vol. 1: Opening Fire". Goodreads.
  4. ^ Johnston, Rich (September 30, 2019). "A Preview of Old Guard: Force Multiplied #1 - Before Charlize Theron and Idris Elba Get to Be In It". Bleeding Cool News And Rumors.
  5. ^ "The Old Guard, vol. 2". www.goodreads.com.
  6. ^ Noble, Barnes &. "The Old Guard, Book Two: Force Multiplied|Paperback". Barnes & Noble.
  7. ^ Noble, Barnes &. "The Old Guard: Tales Through Time|Paperback". Barnes & Noble.
  8. ^ Browne, Wendy (August 26, 2020). "REVIEW: The Old Guard Book One: Opening Fire Needs to Take Its Time".
  9. ^ "Review: The Old Guard, Book One: Opening Fire". October 21, 2021.
  10. ^ Hartford, Charles (August 16, 2020). "The Old Guard Book Two: Force Multiplied Review - But Why Tho?".
  11. ^ Hutchinson, Ross (October 4, 2021). "ICYMI! THE OLD GUARD: TALES THROUGH TIME 1-6: The Story Of Us (Series Review)".
  12. ^ "The Old Guard (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Archived from the original on December 25, 2020.
  13. ^ "The Old Guard Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on July 11, 2020. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  14. ^ "Skydance Picks Up Rights to Greg Rucka Comic 'Old Guard' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. March 31, 2017. Archived from the original on April 1, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  15. ^ Ebiri, Bilge (June 30, 2020). "Gina Prince-Bythewood, the Quiet Storm". Vulture. Archived from the original on July 12, 2020. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  16. ^ "Gina Prince-Bythewood to Direct 'The Old Guard' for Skydance". Deadline Hollywood. July 25, 2018. Archived from the original on July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  17. ^ "Charlize Theron & KiKi Layne Comic Book Action Feature 'The Old Guard' Lands At Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. February 21, 2019. Archived from the original on October 30, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  18. ^ "The Old Guard 2: The Surprise Hit Film Gets An Official Greenlight For New Sequel: Exclusive". theilluminerdi.com. Jan 26, 2021. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  19. ^ "'The Old Guard 2': Netflix And Skydance Tap Victoria Mahoney To Direct Next Installment As Charlize Theron And KiKi Layne Close Deals To Return". deadline.com. August 26, 2021. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  20. ^ Kit, Borys (June 10, 2022). "Uma Thurman, Henry Golding Join Charlize Theron in 'The Old Guard 2'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 10, 2022.

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