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God Country Co-Creator Donny Cates to Pen Film Adaptation

The critically acclaimed Image Comics miniseries God Country created by writer Donny Cates and artist Geoff Shaw has been optioned for a feature film adaptation by Legendary Entertainment and AfterShock Media.

Produced by Legendary's Jon Silk and Jay Ashenfelter with AfterShock's Jon and Lee Kramer, the adaptation has also signed on Cates to write the screenplay.

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Debuting last year, the six-issue miniseries was a modern West Texas fairy tale that saw a mythical god sword fall into the possession of an elderly widower suffering from dementia. While holding the blade, the man was restored to health but had to contend with a whole host of otherworldly threats menacing him and his family for the weapon.

The miniseries was an instant critical success with Cates and Shaw later reuniting for a similarly acclaimed run at Marvel Comics on Thanos with the longtime collaborative duo poised to relaunch Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel in January.

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The adaptation marks the second comic book adaptation between AfterShock and Legendary having optioned Marguerite Bennett and Rafael de LaTorre's AfterShock comic series Animosity this past June. While God Country is not published by AfterShock, Cates also currently writes the horror series Babyteeth for the publisher which he co-created with artist Garry Brown.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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