Sony Pictures have just announced that they have acquired the feature film rights to Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Trillium, Green Arrow) and Dustin Nguyen’s (American Vampire, Li’l Gotham) forthcoming Image Comics series Descender. Josh Bratman is on board to produce the film, with Lemire and Nguyen named as executive producers.
On the subject of the announcement, the creators said “It was a competitive situation for Descender, and we are thrilled that it ended with Sony Pictures acquiring the series. We know that their film translation will do justice to the original comics, and we are thrilled with their belief in the franchise potential.”
In case you missed our coverage of Descender previously, here’s the official blurb;
A sprawling, science-fiction space opera full of mystery and adventure, Descender is a rip-roaring, heart-felt cosmic odyssey about a little boy looking for home in a universe that hates and fears him. The incredibly lifelike artificial boy, TIM-21, may hold the secrets deep in his machine DNA to the origin of robots that have decimated entire planets. As a result, he is the most-wanted robot in the universe. Before long the entire galaxy is looking for TIM-21 and his rag-tag group of unlikely companions, as they make their way from one exotic planet to the next with new foes advancing on them at every turn.
Definitely an exciting prospect for a motion picture, and another fine example of the movie industry’s growing interest in the comic book world as a potential source of ideas. Watch this space for more news on this story as it develops, including an exclusive chat with series co-creator Jeff Lemire about just what to expect from Descender.
The first issue of the eagerly awaited series will be published by Image Comics on March 4, 2015, and you can feast your eyes on some of Nguyen’s typically stellar artwork below.
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