The writers behind Despicable Me are joining forces with Robert Kirkman’s production company to make a film adaptation of Image’s fantasy comic Birthright.
The comic, written by Joshua Williamson and drawn by Andrei Bressan, is about a family whose young son goes missing. A year later, a man returns claiming to be their son and says he was transported to another world, and it’s up to the family to find out what really happened.
Co-founded by Kirkman (who wrote The Walking Dead comic), Skybound Entertainment set up the project in a deal with Universal Pictures, io9 reported Monday. The other producers include David Alpert, Bryan Furst, Jeb Brody, and Sean Furst. Despicable Me writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio are on board to adapt the comic for the big screen.
“Birthright is a giant fantasy epic but at its core it’s a story about family, and I’m really excited that a creative team who values those same storytelling elements will be adapting Birthright,” Williamson said in a press release.
Williamson added that he expects to “lose it” when he sees the Universal logo in front of his movie since he’s been a fan of the studio since from childhood.
There’s no word yet on the film’s release date.