Studio 8 to Adapt Black Comic, With An Eye Toward a Franchise

Seith Mann will be tasked with bringing to life Studio 8's previously announced adaptation of the sociopolitically-charged comic series, Black.

Black, from writer Kwanza Osajyefo and artist Tim Smith 3, is a six-issue comic published by Black Mask Studios, detailing a world filled with racial bias and insensitive politics, which eventually sees only black people developing superpowers.

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According to Deadline, Mann, who has directed episodes of The Wire, Homeland, Friday Night Lights and The Walking Dead, will be in charge of Osajyefo's story that revolves around young Kareem Jenkins, who, after being profiled and shot by cops, joins an underground coalition of superheroes. Kareem then must choose between personal revenge or creating social change for black people in this racially divided landscape.

Studio 8 will be looking to build a Black franchise, which has already expanded with a couple spinoff comics of its own. First, there's BLACK [AF]: America’s Sweetheart, which focuses on a young woman navigating the deadly terrain that Kareem's story introduced readers to.

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This Wednesday, the next book in the Black universe comes out: BLACK [AF]: Widows and Orphans, which deals with the pursuit of traffickers who are stealing powered-up children to sell on the black market as weapons.

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