Skydance Media has acquired the film rights to “The Old Guard,” the new Image Comics series by writer Greg Rucka and artist Leandro Fernandez. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rucka is on board to write the adaptation.
Debuting in February, “The Old Guard” is a fantasy story about old, immortal soldiers, led by Andromache of Scythia, aka Andy, that set out to offer their services to those willing to pay their fees. Of course, hiding a secret like immortality when you’re a mercenary is a difficult task, and sooner or later, the truth is bound to surface as fates far worse than death loom overhead.
“The Old Guard” is only the latest of Rucka’s creator-owned comics to be optioned for adaptation. It was announced in 2015 that Legendary TV had plans to develop “Lazarus,” by Rucka and artist Michael Rucka, as a television series, with the writer set to pen the pilot episode. Michael London, one of the producers of Syfy’s “The Magicians,” acquired the television rights to “Black Magick,” by Rucka and artist Nicola Scott, last summer. “Whiteout,” a thriller based on the 1998 comic of the same name by Rucka and artist Steve Lieber, was released in 2009.
“The Old Guard” #2 is on sale now.