<i>Watchmen</i> Producer Discovers Matt Wagner's <i>Mage</i>

Watchmen producer Lloyd Levin has acquired the film rights to the first volume of Mage, the acclaimed 1980s comic series by Matt Wagner.

The 15-issue initial arc, called The Hero Discovered, was published by Comico from February 1984 to December 1986. A reinterpretation of Arthurian legend, the first volume follows Kevin Matchstick, an alienated young man with a striking resemblance to Wagner, as he meets a wizard, discovers he has superhuman abilities, gains a magical baseball bat and stops the wicked plans of a being called the Umbra Sprite.

The second volume of the series, The Hero Defined, debuted at Image Comics in 1997. A third and final volume, The Hero Denied, is planned, but there's no firm release date.

Mage previously was in development at Spyglass, with Watchmen and 300 director Zack Snyder attached as far back as 2003. Levin (Hellboy, The Rocketeer) will finance development and production before taking Mage to a studio for distribution. He will produce along with Andrew Cosby.

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