The first look deal between 20th Century Fox and BOOM! Studios has resulted in a new feature film project. Deadline has reported that Fox has optioned “The Empty Man,” a limited series originally published by BOOM! in 2014. The six-issue series was written by Cullen Bunn and featured art by Vanesa R. Del Rey.
Fox has brought on up and coming director David Prior adapt the series and helm the feature. Deadline notes that Prior has a reputation as “one of the top directors of Special Edition DVDs and Blu-rays,” and that he’s produced documentaries for directors like David Fincher, Michael Bay, Guillermo del Toro and Joel and Ethan Coen.
While there’s not yet any info on how Prior will adapt “The Empty Man” into a screenplay, the comic series itself is a supernatural thriller set in a midwestern town. It focuses on a supernatural being that may be responsible for a number of disappearances.
The film will be produced by BOOM! Studios CEO and founder Ross Richie as well as Stephen Christy, the president of development. Adam Yoelin will co-produce, as will Fox’s Mark Roybal and Ryan Jones.