The director of Black Panther and Creed, Ryan Coogler, is set to produce a cinematic adaptation of Bitter Root.
Coogler will work with Legendary Pictures in developing the movie version of the Image Comics series, which was created by David F. Walker, Sanford Greene and Chuck Brown.
The story takes place in 1924 during the Harlem Renaissance and centers on a family of monster hunters who must try and reconnect in order to combat a powerful threat that is encroaching New York City. The Sangeryes family has been working as monster hunters for generations, hunting and curing those who have been affected by a supernatural force -- one that feeds off the prevalent prejudice of the era, turning humans into unrecognizable monsters. However, after a massive tragedy, the remaining Sangeryes are forced to come together and overcome their past to preserve their future in the face of the looming invasion.
Legendary procured the rights to the comic property in March. Image Comics has published five issues of the series to date; the fifth issue was released on March 20, 2019.
Bitter Root was nominated for a 2019 Eisner Award for Best New Series and a 2019 Ringo award for Best Series. Creators Walker, Greene and Brown, alongside Drapetomedia’s Sean Owolo, will executive produce. John Silk and Disney Hall will oversee the project for Legendary.
Coogler is currently producing Space Jam 2, which stars LeBron James. He is also writing and directing Marvel’s Black Panther sequel, set for release in 2022.