“Invincible” creator Robert Kirkman confirms a live-action film based on his comic book is still in the works in addition to the upcoming animated series…
The highly anticipated “Invincible” animated series based on the comic books from Robert Kirkman will debut on Amazon Prime on March 26 but a live action movie first optioned several years ago is still happening.
That’s according to Kirkman, who confirmed the news this week while discussing the upcoming animated series, which features a star studded voice cast including Steven Yeun, J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, Gillian Jacobs, Andrew Rannells, Zazie Beetz, Mark Hamill and Walton Goggins.
The film version of the long running Image comic book was optioned back in 2017 with Seth Rogen and partner Evan Goldberg expected to produce the movie. Kirkman, who is also the creator behind “The Walking Dead” universe, says work on the film version of his story is still being developed in addition to the animated series but one doesn’t necessarily involve the other.
“That is still very much in development. That hasn’t changed,” Kirkman told EW. “We’re just taking a long time but we’ve been fortunate enough to have a two-track plan with Invincible. Right now we’ve got the animated series at Amazon, which is now on the cusp of launching, and then we’re also still developing it as a film series with Universal, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg attached.
“So, those two things are still very much happening concurrently, which is somewhat weird, I guess. But there’ve been Spider-Man animated series and Spider-Man movies at the same time. So, I think we’re in good company.”
“Invincible” ran for 144 issues and focused on 17-year-old Mark Grayson, who discovers that he is the son of the world’s greatest superhero Omni-Man, and he soon develops powers similar to his famous father. Mark goes onto become Invincible, a sworn protector of Earth, while following in his father’s footsteps.
While that might sound like a premise similar to many other comic books, “Invincible” was far from your average, everyday superhero story, especially with the sheer level of violence inhabited within those pages. It’s not quite “The Boys” when it comes to graphic storytelling but it’s also a far cry from Superman.
Kirkman promises that the film version will separate itself from the animated series while still finding a way to compliment each other in the end.
“There will definitely be some significant differences between the movie and the television show,” Kirkman said. “People will easily be able to tell them apart… We’re definitely working to make sure that the two can exist and complement each other.”
Take a look at a clip from the new “Invincible” animated series, which debuts on Amazon Prime on March 26.