Fans may finally get to see a live-action adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s other long-running comic book series. A film adaptation of “Invincible,” by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley, is in development at Universal Pictures, with Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg on board to write, direct and produce, as reported Tuesday by THR. Kirkman will also produce, as part of his Skybound Entertainment banner, which has a first-look deal with Universal.
“For nearly a decade I’ve had to endure the ‘what about Invincible?’ question as fans have watched ‘The Walking Dead’ grow into the multi-media monstrosity it has become over the years,” Kirkman said in a press release. “The answer was always that we were waiting for the right team to partner with. That team has arrived! The esteemed misters Goldberg and Rogen have proven themselves to be top-notch directors with a keen collective eye for stunning visuals after slumming it by writing hit after juggernaut hit.”
“We will not sleep until the movie is perfect! No matter how much damage it causes our bodies, minds, and our most intimate relationships with those we love, we will not rest until ‘Invincible’ is as great a movie as it deserves to be,” Rogen and Goldberg said in a joint statement.
“Invincible” launched in 2003 — a few months before the launch of “The Walking Dead,” though that series has since released more issues — and has been published ever since by Image Comics. The series is currently on issue #133, and is slated to wrap in 2018 with issue #144. Kirkman has written every issue of the series, with artist Ryan Ottley taking over from original series artist Cory Walker with issue #8.
The series is centered on the titular teenage superhero, civilian name Mark Grayson, who inherited superpowers from his alien father, Omni-Man, from the Viltrumite race. “Invincible” has gained a fan following and critical praise over the years for continually honoring superhero tropes while simultaneously subverting them, featuring a large cast of characters and sparking multiple spinoff miniseries.
Along with being one of Hollywood’s top screenwriting teams — with hits including “Superbad,” “Pineapple Express” and “This Is the End” — not to mention Rogen’s status as an in-demand comedic actor, Rogen and Goldberg have prior history with comic book adaptations, as they developed Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s “Preacher” for AMC.
“‘Invincible’s’ surprising, edgy, shocking, and oftentimes blood-soaked story couldn’t be in more capable hands,” Kirkman said. “With the team of Rogen, Goldberg and Universal, I’m very confident this will be another superhero movie, in a long line of superhero movies that continues to prove that it’s a viable, thrilling genre that will keep people coming to the cinema for years to come.”
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