If you thought it was impossible for The Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman to achieve any further Hollywood success, you'd be wrong.
His Image Comics publishing imprint, Skybound Entertainment, has signed a two-year first-look deal with Universal Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That means Universal has first dibs on adapting any Skybound project for film, including Kirkman's own work on titles such as Invincible and The Astounding Wolf-Man, and the work of other creators, such as Justin Jordan and Matteo Scalera's Dead Body Road and Joshua Williamson and Davide Gianfelice's Ghosted.
The movie rights to Marvel's superheroes are famously divided. 20th Century Fox plans to build a cinematic universe around the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, which are the Marvel franchises whose film rights Fox controls. Sony is working on a similar masterplan for Spider-Man and his related characters. Marvel Studios retains the lion's share of characters and has already built its cinematic universe around characters connected to the core Avengers team.
And then there's Namor.
Earlier this year, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that the movie rights to the Sub-Mariner are locked up at Universal. There's been no word since 2006 that Universal is doing anything with him, yet Marvel has made three Iron Man movies, two Thors and a Captain America in that amount time.
Universal, it's time to pull your finger out. Here's why.
Fox may have passed on a TV pilot based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's Eisner Award-winning IDW horror comic series Locke & Key back in 2011, but now it seems it could be skipping the small screen altogether. Universal Pictures has optioned L&K with feature films in mind, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Bobby Cohen set to produce through their K/O Paper Products banner alongside IDW CEO and Publisher Ted Adams. Universal's EVP (Executive Vice President, not electronic voice phenomenon) of Production Jon Mone and Creative Executive Jay Polidoro will reportedly oversee the project, with Ben Kim developing on the K/O side of things.
In the words of the great Huey Lewis, "The power of love is a curious thing." It was true in 1985 and it's even truer today in the upcoming "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World." Scott's secured the affection of the clingy Knives Chau, but his heart really belongs to Ramona Flowers...
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