Paramount To Adapt Penny Arcade Comic <i>The New Kid</i>

Paramount Pictures plans to adapt a comic by Penny Arcade creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik as an animated feature, Heat Vision reports.

The project isn't Penny Arcade, the wildly successful webcomic about video-game culture, but rather a one-off strip called The New Kid, which centers on a boy named Solomon, the lone Earthling is a school filled with aliens. The Book of Eli screenwriter Gary Whitta, who's also a game designer and comics writer, has been hired to pen the adaptation.

When the comic was introduced on Oct. 29 amid a handful of new concepts, Holkins and Krahulik appeared to realize it was ripe for adaptation. "The New Kid as it is presently conceived could be the biggest thing we ever do," Holkins wrote at the time.

"Being the new kid is hard, being the new kid in a school full of aliens is harder," Krahulik added, providing a solid Hollywood pitch. "Tycho mentioned that this one could be the biggest thing we ever do and I think he’s right. My fantasy is to see DreamWorks, Disney or Nickelodeon make an animated feature or a Saturday morning cartoon out of this one. Who knows maybe they will see it and give me a call!"

It wasn't DreamWorks that called but Paramount, which Heat Vision says is eager to develop its own animated movie following the end of its distribution deal with DreamWorks Animation. The two last partnered on Rango, which grossed more than $240 million worldwide.

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