The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the filmmaking team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will write, direct, and produce a big-screen adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s Invincible for Universal Pictures.
“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 Walking Dead creator said. “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.”
Kirkman added, “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.”
“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,” Rogen and Goldberg said.
In the series, which has been running continuously since 2003 thanks to Kirkman and artists Ryan Ottley & Cory Walker, Mark Grayson was a normal high school senior with a normal part-time job and otherwise normal life, except his father Nolan is the superhero Omni-Man, the most powerful superhero on the planet. At the age of 17, Mark begins to display superpowers, which come from his father being a member of the Viltrumite race, who, according to Nolan, pioneer the galaxy on a mission of benevolence and enlightenment.
Rogen and Goldberg made their feature debut with 2013’s This is the End and went on to direct The Interview. No strangers to comic book adaptations either, the pair have executive produced AMC’s Preacher, based on the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon series, and are also developing an adaptation of The Boys for Cinemax.