Although Matt Kindt’s “Mind MGMT” series from Dark Horse Comics only just returned this month from a brief break, the book has already picked up some major buzz in 2013. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Twentieth Century Fox has picked up the movie rights for the critical darling with Ridley Scott onboard to produce via his Scott Free banner. Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg are also onboard as producers. A search for a writer to adapt Kindt’s story has already begun.
Kindt’s creator-owned series follows the story of Henry Lime, the greatest asset of a government agency of psychic spies. After Lime suffers a breakdown, causing an entire town to kill one another, he goes on the run and disappears — until years later, he saves Meru, a true crime novelist who begins to investigate the mysterious agency after her rescue at Henry’s hands.
“When I started this series, I pitched it to Dark Horse as ‘Here’s six issues that could be self-contained, but I’d love to do it for three years,'” Kindt told CBR last year. “Part way through those first six, they said it was doing great, so I can keep going,” he said. “Now I’ve got a three-year plan for it, and I’m doing it six issues at a time. I’m not making it in big chunks, so I have no idea what it’s like reading it in big chunks. It’s different for me too because with graphic novels, I finish the whole book first. This is different for me as a creator. It might be too much to read all at once. Who knows? I hope people embrace that monthly format.”
“MIND MGMT” has garnered excellent reviews, with January’s “MIND MGMT” #7 getting 4.5 stars from CBR reviewer Greg McElhatton, who said, “Kindt’s story and art pull you in effortlessly and make you desperate for the next piece to the puzzle.”
The writer has also written for DC Comics’ New 52, including the recently-concluded “Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.” and the upcoming Martian Manhunter co-feature in Geoff Johns’ “Justice League of America” debuting in March.