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Rob Liefeld is best known as the man who brought Deadpool to life, but that's not his only comic creation, and following the success of the merc with a mouth on the big screen, another of his characters will be making the leap. Avengelyne is a fallen angel who protects humanity from demons and monsters. Akiva Goldsman is on board to produce the project and is currently looking for a screenwriter. Liefeld says that while the setup maybe fantastic, the character is relatable.
Avengelyne resonated so powerfully with the audience because her story of redemption is one that is so relatable. A fallen angel, sentenced to redeem herself by serving humanity, Earth is a foreign environment to her, she must adapt in order to save herself as well as mankind. Her dilemma provides humor amidst the larger plot engine driving her journey.
The film project is being called "John Wick with a fallen angel" which certainly sounds to us like a winning plan for a motion picture. In the comics, Avengelyne is banished from heaven by God but because it's all essentially a misunderstanding she still remains faithful to him. With Armageddon on the horizon, Avengelyne becomes humanity's last hope.
According to Deadline, Rob Liefeld was originally looking at writing an Avengelyne script himself as a starring role for Gina Carano. For whatever reason, that project never went through. There is no actress officially attached to Avengelyne at this point, so it does not appear that Carano is directly involved. Coincidentally, Carano would go on to play a role in the movie based on Liefeld's other comic creation, Deadpool.
While Akiva Goldsman is an accomplished screenwriter in his own right, Batman & Robin notwithstanding, it appears his plate is too full at the moment so he won't be taking on writing responsibilities himself. Goldsman is currently running the creative team handling the Transformers franchise and he also wrote the script for the recently delayed The Dark Tower. Goldsman is apparently starting his production responsibilities by looking for somebody to pen a script. No names have been mentioned as possibilities.
While Avengelyne is a comic book property, like nearly everything else that's being produced in Hollywood, this would be a standalone project, not related to any existing cinematic universe. Avengelyne was first published by Maximum Press, the company founded by Rob Liefeld that closed in 2000. After that, the character moved around to other publishers before moist recently residing over at Image Comics. The character hasn't seen much action in the comics of late, so the film would likely act as a sort of reboot for the character.
Are you excited to see Avengelyne make the jump to the big screen. Who would you cast in the lead. Let us know in the comments.