Skybound Entertainment announced today that Robert Kirkman’s long-running Invincible comic will be adapted for the big screen by writer-director duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for Universal.
Kirkman’s second-longest-running book after The Walking Dead, Invincible tells the story of Mark Grayson, normal high school student and son of the world’s most powerful superhero, whose powers Mark will one day inherit. Kirkman created the book with artist Cory Walker in 2003 before Walker’s duties were assumed by Ryan Ottley for most of its run (though Walker returned for a few recent issues). The comic is currently on its 133rd issue and will come to its end with issue 144.
In a statement from Skybound, Kirkman had this to say about the newly announced adaptation:
For nearly a decade I’ve had to endure the ‘what about Invincible?’ question as fans have watched The Walking Dead grow into the multi-media monstrosity it has become over the years. The answer was always that we were waiting for the right team to partner with. That team has arrived! The esteemed misters Goldberg and Rogen have proven themselves to be top-notch directors with a keen collective eye for stunning visuals after slumming it by writing hit after juggernaut hit. Invincible’s surprising, edgy, shocking, and oftentimes blood-soaked story couldn’t be in more capable hands. With the team of Rogen, Goldberg and Universal, I’m very confident this will be another superhero movie, in a long line of superhero movies that continues to prove that it’s a viable, thrilling genre that will keep people coming to the cinema for years to come.
Rogen and Goldberg released their own, much shorter statement, though they echoed similarly positive sentiments:
We will not sleep until the movie is perfect! No matter how much damage it causes our bodies, minds, and our most intimate relationships with those we love, we will not rest until Invincible is as great a movie as it deserves to be.
You can read more about Kirkman’s decision to end Invincible here, and be sure to stay tuned to Paste for more on the forthcoming adaptation.