After initially being developed for a feature film, the Image Comics superhero title Invincible is heading to Amazon Studios in an eight-episode "adult animated" series.
The hour-long series, based on the comic created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Cory Walker, with Ryan Ottley replacing Walker with Invincible #8, gained a straight-to-series order from Amazon.
“Robert has an uncanny talent to predict the zeitgeist, and we are incredibly excited to see him break boundaries in an animated one-hour format,” Amazon Studios' Sharon Yguado said. “In a world saturated with superhero fare, we trust Robert to subvert expectations while encapsulating a story filled with heart and adrenaline. We love his ambitious plan for the show and believe it will look like nothing else on television.”
“I couldn't be more proud of the series Cory Walker, Ryan Ottley and I did together for over 15 years," Kirkman said. "To know our characters will live on in multiple iterations in other media is almost too exciting to bear! What Amazon is allowing us to do in animated form is nothing short of ground-breaking, and I can't wait for our rabid fan base to experience it!”
News of a live-action Invincible feature film from Universal Pictures was announced in April 2017, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg on board to write, direct and produce. August 2017 also saw Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment ink a deal with Amazon to develop TV projects exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
Created by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker, the first issue of Invincible hit shelves in January 2003. The series centered on the titular teenage superhero, civilian name Mark Grayson, who inherited superpowers from his alien father Omni-Man, a member of the Viltrumite race. Invincible gained a loyal fan following and critical praise over the years for continually honoring superhero tropes while simultaneously subverting them, featuring a large cast of characters and sparking multiple spinoff miniseries. The series recently wrapped up with Invincible #144, by Kirkman and artist Ryan Ottley, which released on February 14.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)