Jamie Lee Curtis wrapped up her decades-long run playing Laurie Strode in the Halloween film franchise with her role in Halloween Ends (2022).
But it turns out the Academy Award-winning actress isn’t quite done with the horror genre, just yet.
On Friday, Curtis offered up a first look at her upcoming horror graphic novel Mother Nature at the 2023 Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center.
The Scream Queen made her way on stage in front of a packed house full of fans eager to learn more about the graphic novel, which she revealed originated from an idea she had as a teenager living in Southern California.
‘Of course, I had some gruesome deaths because I have a very dark mind,’ she told the audience while laughing and smiling, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.
Preview: Jamie Lee Curtis, 64, gave a first-look at her upcoming graphic novel Mother Nature during 2023 Comic-Con International in San Diego
Dressed in all-black, the actress confessed she played around with the idea of writing the story in a screenplay form for years, but didn’t get serious about publishing it until 2018.
She credits her husband, Christopher Guest, for encouraging her to do the footwork, first as a screenplay and then as a graphic novel.
Curtis ended up co-writing the story with Russell Goldman, while Karl Stevens served up all the graphic illustrations.
Set in the fictional town of Catch Creek, New Mexico, the book follows a young ecological activist named Nova Terrel, who discovers a company conducting an experimental oil extraction project in her hometown.
It doesn’t take long before she realizes those experiments have unearthed an ancient horror that subsequently sets off a wave of death and destruction.
Much of the story delves into Navajo characters and mythology, which Curtis, Goldman, and Stevens all studied in recent years, while collaborating with indigenous experts, including Navajo author Brian Young, who wrote the graphic novel’s afterword.
As for the horror fans, who are expecting gruesome storytelling: there’s all kinds of gory theatrics told through an environmentalist tale that includes people being killed by hailstorms and crushed by collapsing oil machinery.
And while the story is fictional, Curtis is hoping the environmentalist themes in Mother Nature can inspire change, when it comes to the state of Mother Earth.
‘We’re f***ing the world! We need to do better. There is a possibility of change, but we are going to have to do it,’ she declared.
Peace man: Curtis offered up a peace sign w=during her walk through the hallways at of 2023 Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center
Proud: The Academy Award-winning actress got animated when she took to the stage to promote Mother Nature, which she wrote with Russell Goldman, while Karl Stevens served up all the graphic illustrations
Hilarious: ‘Of course, I had some gruesome deaths because I have a very dark mind,’ she told the audience while laughing, smiling and making funny faces
Premise: Set in the fictional town of Catch Creek, New Mexico, the book follows a young ecological activist named Nova Terrel, who discovers a company conducting an experimental oil extraction project in her hometown
Premise: Those experiments by the company unearth an ancient horror that subsequently sets off a wave of death and destruction
Curtis went on to reveal there’s a plan in place to make a film version of Mother Nature that she hopes to direct or co-direct.
‘You know, I’m 65 years old this November, but my point is that I have no time to waste,’ she explained. ‘I joke about it, but I’m going to die way sooner than later, and therefore, I have s**t to do! This is one of the things that I needed to do, and I’m excited about it.’
This year’s Comic-Con in San Diego didn’t have the whirlwind feel of previous events, due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike. SAG-AFTRA has prohibited its members from promoting its film and TV projects.
Curtis, who’s been an avid supporter of the writers, was only allowed to attend because she was deemed a comic book author.
Didn’t cross line: Curtis, who’s been an avid supporter of WGA and AFTRA/SAG, was only allowed to attend the event because she was deemed a comic book author
Emotional: The Halloween star shows plenty of enthusiasm while pitching the story of her graphic novel/comic
Long-time coming: Curtis was encouraged to write Mother Nature, beginning in 2018, by her husband Christopher Guest
First-look: The Scream Queen icon shared a look at the illustrations by Karl Stevens on her instagram page after the event
Promo mode: The Santa Monica native showed off the cover of the graphic novel/comic
Movie version: Curtis went on to reveal there’s a plan in place to make a film version of Mother Nature that she hopes to direct or co-direct
Show of support: Curtis continued her vocal support of WGA and SAG/AFTRA, amid the ongoing strike
Show of solidarity: Two days earlier, Curtis pushed for people to ‘stand with strikers’
Afterwards she took to her Instagram page and shared her support for the writers again with a photo of the union logo.
‘What a thrilling day! @sdcomic_con @titancomics @karlstevensart @russell_goldman @sagaftra,’ she wrote in the caption.
About an hour later, she gave her 5.4 million Instagram fans and followers a look at the illustrations by sifting through the pages in a video she posted.
She also gave a few shout outs in the caption. writing, ‘MOTHER NATURE @titancomics @karlstevensart @russell_goldman @mothernatureprojects.’
Two days earlier, Curtis who’s the daughter of Hollywood icons Tony Curtis and Janey Leigh, gave another show of solidarity with WGA and SAG-AFTRA by posting a graphic showing her image and a ‘stand with strikers’ sign.
‘STRONGER TOGETHER @sagaftra,’ she announced in the caption.