Sony Pictures Options Scott Snyder And Jeff Lemire’s ‘AD: After Death’
The recently launched Image title AD: After Death by Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire is a beautiful, contemplative and experimental approach to comics that abstractly takes place in a world where science has overcome the curse of death and everyone lives forever. With only one issue out so far, Sony Pictures has picked up the film rights and plans to bring AD: After Death to the big screen.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Josh Bratman is attached to produce the film, while both Snyder and Lemire will serve as executive producers. It's not the first foray into film for either creator, with Snyder and Jock's Wytches optioned by Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment, and Lemire and Dustin Nguyen's Descender film rights also picked up by Sony last year.
With only the one issue currently available, there's a lot of mystery surrounding AD: After Death. The majority of the first issue features a flashback to when the protagonist was a young child and his mother had a seizure on holiday, before jumping forward to the present --- our future --- to a world where death has been eradicated as a concern.
One of the most appealing features of the comic is the unique approach to the medium, as AD: After Death mixes traditional sequential storytelling with prose and illustrations. It will be interesting to see if a cinematic adaptation opts for a similarly esoteric and visually interesting approach, or whether it leans harder into the traditional science fiction aspects of the title.