Sony Hires Writer for Film Adaptation of Lemire & Nguyen's "Descender"

Sony Pictures' big-screen adaptation of Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen's Image Comics series "Descender" now has a screenwriter on board: Jesse Wigutow, as reported by THR.

This isn't Wigutow's first time connected to a comic book-based adaptation: In December 2013, he was reported to be working on the adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' crime graphic novel, "Fire," for Universal Pictures, and the The Hollywood Reporter states he's finishing that script. He also worked on an earlier draft of the remake of "The Crow" and a "Tron: Legacy" sequel, neither of which have been produced.

"Descender" debuted from Image in March 2015, but a film deal was announced about a month before that, in what was described as a "competitive situation," with Sony Pictures landing the rights. "Descender" tells the story of TIM-21, a lifelike artificial boy whose machine DNA may hold the key to the origin of robots that have decimated entire planets -- making him the most wanted robot in the universe.

Lemire and Nguyen will serve as executive producers on the "Descender" film; Immersive Pictures' Josh Bratman will produce.

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