Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley is bringing his American Way comic to the big screen after reaching a deal with independent production studio Blumhouse Productions.
Debuting in 2006 under DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint, Ridley and artist/co-creator Georges Jeanty’s comic series took place in an alternate version of the United States that saw the government create superheroes and villains to stage battles in order to help stir patriotism at the height of the Cold War. When African-American superhero New American is created in 1962 to appeal to the growing civil rights movement, a country not ready for a minority superhero suddenly sees the super-powered skirmishes no longer playing for the cameras as things turn deadly.
The initial miniseries received a follow-up, The American Way: Those Above and Those Below, last year under the Vertigo imprint reuniting the original creative team. Set a decade later in 1972, the sequel explored the fallout from America’s heroes and villains revealed to be super-powered propaganda as the nation enters the tumultuous 1970s.
According to Deadline, the upcoming cinematic adaptation is expected to follow the events of this second miniseries with Ridley slated to write and direct the film with Blumhouse founder Jason Blum on board to produce.
In addition to co-creating and writing The American Way, Ridley won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2013 for 12 Years a Slave and was reportedly working on a TV adaptation of an undisclosed Marvel property for ABC.
Perhaps best known for producing independent horror films, Blumhouse Productions is the studio behind Paranormal Activity, The Purge and the Insidious movies. Their films Whiplash and last year’s Get Out have both been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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