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Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg are die-hard comic book fans. Their Green Hornet adaptation wasn’t very well-received, but last year they redeemed themselves with Preacher. Now, they’re planning to adapt Invincible.
Published by Image Comics, Invincible is one of the most popular indie superhero comics in the world. Created by artist Cory Walker and The Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman, it’s been running for 13 years, and it will end in 2017 after issue #144.
The comic stars a teen boy who inherits superpowers from his father, an alien superhero known as Omni-Man. With all the Marvel and DC heroes snapped up by other studios, Invincible offers Universal the opportunity to launch a superhero franchise. And right now, that’s what every studio wants. Robert Kirkman’s involvement may have sealed the deal, because The Walking Dead is such a massive success.
Rogen and Goldberg have signed up to write, direct, and produce the adaptation. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Kirkman praised the two filmmakers and described Invincible as “edgy, shocking, and oftentimes blood-soaked,” suggesting the adaptation may lean more toward the adult-rated nature of Preacher than the PG-13 tone of most superhero movies.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor