The Foreign Graphic Novels Behind 10 Films

The subway suddenly seems like a fun place to be after seeing Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, which arrived in theaters this weekend. His post-apocalyptic nightmare is based on the French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige, centered on a group of survivors trapped on a segregated train circling the earth. Hollywood has mined the comic book world for a never-ending series of superhero films, but the foreign graphic novel library is still a relatively new source for filmmakers. We’ve highlighted graphic novels hailing from other countries that became the basis for ten different films — including a few adaptations that might surprise you.


Dylan Dog and Cemetery Man

Rupert Everett’s comic book lookalike can be found in the Italian horror comic series Dylan Dog, the inspiration behind Michele Soavi’s existential zombie tale Cemetery Man (aka Dellamorte Dellamore). The titular paranormal investigator in the Tiziano Sclavi-created graphic novels shares several quirks with Everett’s character, including his hopeless romanticism — demonstrated by his affection for Anna Falchi’s mysterious widow turned zombie in the movie.