The Walking Dead will always be Robert Kirkman's most famous work, as he both created the comic book series (and is still writing it) and developed the hit AMC TV adaptation. However, the zombie-infested tale isn't the only long-running story Kirkman masterminded. Shortly before The Walking Dead comic book began publication at Image Comics, he created the superhero comic Invincible for the same company. Now Invincible is getting its shot at scoring fame outside of the printed page, as Kirkman is developing an Invincible movie with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Universal has tapped Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to write, direct and produce a cinematic adaptation of Robert Kirkman's Invincible, which has been publishing continuously since 2003. Kirkman will also produce the movie through his company Skybound Entertainment, which, according to THR, has a first-look deal with Universal. While the Invincible movie is yet another comic book for Kirkman's resume, it will be Rogen and Goldberg's second foray into comic book media together, as they developed and executive produce the AMC series Preacher, based of the series from DC Comics' Vertigo imprint. Rogen also starred in 2011's The Green Hornet, a character who has led plenty of comic books over the decades.
Invincible follows the adventures of Mark Sebastian Grayson, son of the superhero Omni-Man, once the world's greatest enhanced protector. Upon turning 17, Mark's superpowers start to awaken, like super strength, flight, speed, regeneration, etc. Basically, it's a power set similar to Superman's. Despite taking the codename Invincible, Markus has been nearly killed on several occasions, and the series has followed him getting the hang of his abilities as he protects the Earth, as well as learning about his extraterrestrial origins. Along with his solo adventures, Mark also occasionally worked with a group of fellow superheroes called The Teen Team.
Kirkman announced last summer that the series would conclude before the end of 2017, so even though longtime fans of the comic will soon see this saga come to an end, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Robert Kirkman's movie will let them see at least a portion of the Invincible story be adapted for the the big screen, as well as introduce the property to those who'd never heard of the comic or just didn't pick it up. With Marvel (as in both Marvel Studios and Fox) and DC leading the charge with the superhero movie genre, it's always refreshing to see properties/creations from other companies providing alternatives to moviegoers, whether it's Valiant building its own cinematic universe, 20th Century Fox hiring Adam McKay to write an Irredeemable movie or Disney finally releasing The Incredibles 2.
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