List of unproduced Image Comics projects

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This is a list of unmade and unreleased projects by Image Comics. Some of these productions were, or still are, in development hell. Projects that have not provided significant production announcements within at least a year, would be considered in development limbo until further announcements are released. The following include films, television shows and video games, whether as live-action or animated productions.

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Live action films[edit]

Madman film[edit]

According to Mike Allred, he was first offered the chance to sell the movie rights to Madman in 1992 (he has not said who made the offer, only that he declined). Since 1998, film-maker Robert Rodriguez has owned the film rights to Madman. Both he and Allred have given numerous signals as to the start of production over the years, but with no result. Although both have been occupied with other projects (Allred was instrumental in connecting Rodriguez with Frank Miller, leading to the production of Sin City), both have been eager to see this film made.[1] Robin Williams was mentioned as being under consideration for the role of Dr. Boiffard before his death.

At the 2006 WonderCon in San Francisco, Allred announced that Madman the Movie was in pre-production and hoped to begin filming before the end of the year. He teased fans in attendance by saying that the titular role had already been cast, "but I can't tell you who it is yet.... When we announce it, you're gonna be like 'What?', then you'll think about it for a second and see that it's perfect."[2]

Prophet film[edit]

In 1995, TriStar Pictures acquired the film rights to Prophet.[3] A live-action film was planned with Rob Liefeld as a producer, but the project did not proceed beyond pre-production.[4] In 2018, Studio 8 acquired the film rights to Prophet.[5]

The Crow: 2037[edit]

The Crow: 2037 was a planned sequel to The Crow written and scheduled to be directed by Rob Zombie in the late 1990s;[6] however, it was never made.[7][8][9]

Powers film[edit]

In 2001, Sony Pictures had optioned the comic series for a film production, commissioning a writers room.[10] After development seemed to have stalled, Sony shifted focus in creating a TV show based on the comic instead.[10]

Spawn 2[edit]

A sequel, tentatively titled Spawn 2, has been in development hell since 1998.[11] Producer Don Murphy maintained that he was part of the project in 2001.[12] McFarlane stated that the film would have centered primarily on the detective characters Sam and Twitch, with Spawn only as a background character.[13]

Battle Chasers film[edit]

In March 2003, Twentieth Century Fox has optioned feature rights to the fantasy comicbook series with Gil Netter attached to produce.[14]

Astro City film[edit]

In 2003, Ben Barenholtz, Jonathan Alpers and Kurt Busiek hoped to develop an Astro City movie, with Barenholtz as producer and Alpers as lead scripter, but the plans did not take off,[15] whereupon Barenholtz subsequently took the project to Working Title Films.[16] In July 2010, it was announced that Working Title had acquired the rights to make a live-action feature film adaptation of Astro City.[16][17] Busiek was to write a script treatment, and also to executive-produce, along with Barenholtz and Alpers.[17] On May 10, 2013 Kurt Busiek reported that Working Title's option had lapsed but he was in negotiation with another party.[18] In March 2018, FremantleMedia North America announced they will produce a live-action Astro City TV series with a pilot episode written by Busiek and Rick Alexander.[19]

Scud: The Disposable Assassin film[edit]

There have been two attempts to adapt Scud: The Disposable Assassin into a film and TV show. A live-action feature film was optioned by producer Oliver Stone,[20] but the option lapsed in the early 2000s.[21]

The Legend of Isis[edit]

In 2004, The Legend of Isis was optioned for a major motion picture by Paramount Studios and Grammnet Productions, with screenwriter Ali Russell.[22]

Jinx film[edit]

In 2004, Charlize Theron signed on to produce and star in a film adapted from Jinx for Universal Pictures.[23]

The Darkness film[edit]

In December 2004, Dimension Films paid an undisclosed six-figure sum to develop a movie based on the comic, with a planned release for 2008.[24] The film rights were later sold to the Pang brothers in December 2005.[25] At Comic-Con 2009, Top Cow president Matt Hawkins revealed that a live-action The Darkness film was in development, with Scott Stuber Productions attached as the producer for the project.[26] In 2012, Len Wiseman signed on to produce the movie.[27]

Lions, Tigers and Bears film[edit]

The comic book series Lions, Tigers and Bears was optioned for film in the fall of 2005 by Union Entertainment for six months, however the company closed their doors before a movie could be undertaken.[28] In 2009, Paramount optioned the comic series, with a screenplay by Joey Aucoin and Lorenzo di Bonaventura set to produce. The film will be live action, with "heavy doses" of CGI animation.[29]

Hack/Slash film[edit]

The possibility of Hack/Slash being made into a live-action film by Rogue was discussed by director Todd Lincoln, writer Martin Schenk, series creator Tim Seeley, and others at the 2006 San Diego Comic Convention, to be released in 2008. In 2012, Marcus Nispel, who directed Conan the Barbarian remake, was revealed to have agreed to helm the film for Relativity and Rogue.[30]

Rex Mundi film[edit]

There have been a number of rumours about a film version of Rex Mundi. In 2006, Jim Uhls was hired to write a script for Johnny Depp to star in and produce.[31] It is not known how much further production has progressed since then. Arvid Nelson confirms the rumor of the movie, and working with Johnny Depp.[32] In December 2008, Nelson described that "the wheels of Hollywood grind slowly. ... We are at a second revision of the screenplay, so that's good. The way this works is there are periods of feverish activity, followed by lulls ... We're in one of the lulls now."[33] An interview with MTV's Splash Page in March 2009 confirmed the film was still progressing and searching for a director.[34]

Occult Crimes Taskforce film[edit]

The Occult Crimes Taskforce film rights were acquired by Dimension Films in September 2006.[35]

Darkchylde film[edit]

In August 2007, Randy Queen, creator of the comic book character Darkchylde, revealed to Newsarama that a movie is in the works. In an interview with Nicholas Yanes from scifipulse.net, Queen was asked and responded to a question about a film/television adaptation of Darkchylde: "Yanes: For years now there have been rumors of Darkchylde being turned into an animated series, miniseries for a cable network and movie. Are you able to comment on Darkchylde’s potential future on in television and film? Any actresses you’d love to play Ariel? Queen: A movie makes so much sense it’s ridiculous, and all I can say is that we are working on it. I know that’s a frustrating answer for fans, but it’s a frustrating process. It’s probably best for me not to comment on actresses, so we’ll just all have to wait and see."[36] Test footage from the set of Darkchylde emerged in July 2010[37] and on October 31, 2010, it was announced John Carpenter was to direct.[38] Since then, there has not been any further announcements, falling into development hell.

Luchadores 5 film[edit]

In September 2007, a Luchadores 5 live action film was in the early stages of production.[39]

Spawn remake[edit]

In 2007, McFarlane Funding announced development of a new feature film adaptation of the character, titled Spawn, scheduled for release in 2008.[40][41] During an interview on the Scott Ferrall show on Sirius radio, McFarlane said: "It's coming out no matter what. Even if I have to produce, direct and finance it myself, it's going to come out."[42]

McFarlane announced on August 23, 2009 that he had begun writing the screenplay for a new movie based on the character, saying that "The story has been in my head for 7 or 8 years", that "The movie idea is neither a recap or continuation. It is a standalone story that will be R-rated. Creepy and scary", and that "the tone of this Spawn movie will be for a more older audience. Like the film The Departed."[43] Michael Jai White said in July 2011 that he was interested in returning to the role, expressing his support for McFarlane's film.[44] In July 2013, Jamie Foxx said he was "aggressively pursuing" the Spawn reboot.[45] In August 2013, McFarlane discussed his progress with the script, stating that the film would be "more of a horror movie and a thriller movie, not a superhero one".[46]

In February 2016, McFarlane announced he had completed the film's script.[47] In July 2017, Blumhouse Productions confirmed their involvement with the film, while announcing that McFarlane had also signed on to direct the project.[48] The movie was expected to begin production by February 2018.[49] In May 2018, it was announced that Jamie Foxx would portray the titular character.[50] In July 2018, it was reported that Jeremy Renner would be starring alongside Foxx as Detective Twitch.[51] On October 25, 2018, the filming start date was delayed to June 2019.[52]

Witchblade film[edit]

A feature film adaptation of Witchblade was announced in 2008 and scheduled for a 2009 release,[53] but was never produced. The film was to have been produced by Platinum Studios, Top Cow Productions, and Arclight Media, with Top Cow's Matt Hawkins & Marc Silvestri, Platinum's Rich Marincic, and Greenberg Group's Randy Greenberg serving as executive producers. Production was planned for September 2008, with filming to be done in Australia.[54]

War Heroes film[edit]

In September 2008, it was announced that War Heroes had been optioned by Columbia Pictures, with Michael DeLuca as producer and Millar taking an executive producer role.[55][56]

Wanted 2[edit]

Even before the film's release, Mark Millar announced director Timur Bekmambetov was planning a sequel to Wanted, though Millar denied that he would write a sequel to the comic book. He was instead creating a story along with the producers,[57] that would follow the first film's idea of an international guild of assassins.[58] Terence Stamp described Pekwarsky as "something that's written for a sequel",[59] and Common expressed interest in a prequel, feeling that both The Gunsmith and Fox deserved more exposition.[60]

Chris Morgan would return to write the sequel's screenplay,[61] but departed in April 2009 due to "excessive workload", leaving the task to Evan Spiliotopoulos.[62] In June 2009, Bekmambetov said that pre-production for Wanted 2 was about to get started, with filming scheduled to begin in late fall or winter. The film will have a reported budget of $150 million and will be shot in the United States, India, and Russia. He also added that some of the characters would resurrect, particularly Fox and The Exterminator.[63] On September, the director added that even without a finished script Bazelevs had already done previsualization of the action scenes.[64] In 2010, after reports that Angelina Jolie had pulled out of the sequel,[65] Millar said that the script would be rewritten to remove Fox's return, so production could start that year for a late 2011 release.[66] Eventually the production did not take off, leading Bekmambetov to work on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter instead.[67]

In a 2011 Q&A, producer Jim Lemley said that "Wanted 2 sounds like it will not happen any time soon if at all".[68] That same year, James McAvoy said, regarding the sequel, "I think the studio is keen to make it, and we really want to make it, but we want to make it if it's right and when it's right, and that might not be ever." McAvoy also expressed interest in a sequel focusing on a character other than Wesley.[69] Universal later brought Wanted screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas to write the sequel, which Haas described as happening "right after the events that just happened; it'll pick up Wesley a few years later and go back in for another round", while also being "Fox-less and loom-less."[70] Haas would later detail that the script featured a new female protagonist, who Wesley would recruit "sort of in the Fox role."[71] Bekmambetov declared during the interviews for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter that after many years of indecision as the Wanted sequel stalled in development, he proposed an idea to the screenwriters wherein the plot followed Wesley while featuring "a great twist."[67]

McAvoy declared that since he "had a blast making the first Wanted", he would make a sequel regardless of the quality of the script; however, he also acknowledged that the extended time the film spent in development "suggests to me that they're not finding it very easy to come up with a story that they're passionate about, so we'll have to wait and see."[72] In 2014, McAvoy acknowledged that a potential sequel has been in the talks, saying he "had a couple of versions of script thrown my way" while adding that Universal is still waiting for the right screenplay.[73]

The Crow remake[edit]

On December 14, 2008, Stephen Norrington announced in Variety that he planned to write and direct a "reinvention" of The Crow. Norrington distinguished between the original and his remake: "Whereas Proyas' original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style."[74] Ryan Kavanaugh then announced on November 23, 2009, that his company, Relativity Media, was in negotiations with Edward R. Pressman for both the film's rights and financing.[75]

Norrington later stepped out of the project and, on April 7, 2011, it was announced that 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo had been chosen to direct the film, which has since been regarded as a remake. Tucker Tooley of Relativity Media was chosen serve as executive producer, while Jose Ibanez, Jon Katz and Jesus de la Vega were to serve as co-producers. Meanwhile, Bradley Cooper was in talks to play the lead.[76] It was reported on April 20, 2011, that the project was undergoing some legal battles.[77] In late June 2011, Relativity Media announced their plans to continue in mid-lawsuit and had tapped Alex Tse, who co-wrote Watchmen.[78] In mid-August 2011, it was announced that Cooper had dropped out due to scheduling difficulties and Mark Wahlberg, who was originally in talks for the lead in 2010, was again up for the part, with additional rumors of Channing Tatum or Ryan Gosling possibly taking the role, as well as James McAvoy.[79][80][81] In October 2011, it was reported that Fresnadillo had departed the project as well.[82] It was confirmed in January 2012 that Francisco Javier Gutiérrez had signed on to direct the remake,[83] with Edward R. Pressman and Jeff Most on producing duties.

In June 2012, producer Edward R. Pressman assured fans that "the original 1994 Crow film holds a special place in my heart. The current film is a 'reinvention' of James O'Barr's graphic novel for the 21st century. We're thrilled to have teamed with director Javier Gutiérrez and screenwriter Jesse Wigutow on this story, which remains true to the core of Eric Draven's plight for revenge.[84] On the news of future remakes, however, O'Barr stated: "[...] I don't have great expectations. I think the reality is, no matter who you get to star in it, or if you get Ridley Scott to direct it and spend 200 million dollars, you're still not gonna top what Brandon Lee and Alex Proyas did in that first ten million dollar movie."[85] On April 19, 2013, it was announced that Tom Hiddleston was in talks to play Eric.[86] That same month, there were reports that Hiddleston would not be doing the film, but that Alexander Skarsgård was being eyed for the part. A week later, however, Skarsgård stated that he was not attached to the film.[87]

On May 4, 2013, Deadline reported that Luke Evans had been cast as Eric Draven.[88] Evans reaffirmed to Superhero Hype that the film would be as faithful as possible to the original.[89] On July 3, 2013, The Crow's creator James O'Barr was named as the creative consultant of the film.[90] In an October 2015 interview, O'Barr would discuss what had changed his mind about the reboot, and efforts to make the reboot a more faithful adaptation of the comic book, while remaining respectful to the original film.[91] On November 21, 2013, Schmoes Know had reports that Norman Reedus was up for the role of a character named "James", and that Kristen Stewart had at one time been considered for the part of Shelly.[92] In December 2014, the studio hired Corin Hardy to direct the film.[93] Evans told Den of Geek in an interview that he might not do the film, and it was later revealed that Evans has dropped out of the film due to other projects.[94][95][96] On February 9, 2015, O'Barr told Blastr in an interview that he was interested in Sam Witwer for the role.[97]

As of October 24, 2014, the film was set to start production in the spring of 2015.[98] On February 25, 2015, it was reported that Jack Huston would be starring in the film.[99] On March 14, 2015, O'Barr confirmed to Dread Central at the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention that Huston had been cast as Draven in the reboot, and at a Q&A during the convention he further confirmed that Jessica Brown Findlay had been cast as Shelly Webster.[100][101] On May 20, 2015, Deadline reports that Andrea Riseborough is in talks to co-star as the female version of Top Dollar.[102] On June 15, 2015, according to Variety reported two stories: Forest Whitaker is in negotiations for a role and Huston has dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, but Relativity Studios are looking at Nicholas Hoult and Jack O'Connell for the role of Draven.[103][104] On July 31, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter reported that production on the reboot stalled because of Relativity Media's bankruptcy.[105] O'Barr told comicbook.com in an interview that the film will still happen.[106] TheWrap reported that filming on the reboot was going to start in March 2016 with Corin Hardy on board as director.[107][108] On June 15, 2016, Deadline reports that Hardy may return to the reboot.[109] On August 10, 2016, Jason Momoa posted a photo of himself with Hardy on his Instagram account.[110][111] On September 6, 2016, TheWrap reports that Momoa is cast and filming will begin in January 2017.[112] On November 17, 2016, The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Davis Films, Highland Film Group, and Electric Shadow have acquired the rights to finance, produce, and distribute the film (now titled The Crow Reborn) from Relativity but may lose both Momoa and Hardy.[113] In September 2017, it was announced that Sony will distribute the film.[114]

On May 31, 2018, it was announced that both director Hardy and star Momoa had exited the project.[115]

Youngblood film[edit]

In February 2009, Collider reported that Reliance Entertainment acquired the feature film rights to Youngblood, reportedly for a mid-six figures, with Brett Ratner attached to direct.[116]

XXXombies film[edit]

In March 2009, Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer were working on a XXXombies screenplay for a proposed film.[117]

Deadworld film[edit]

In June 2009, it was announced that Deadworld was to be turned into a film. Jeffrey D. Erb and Framelight Productions along with Dark Hero Studios partners David Hayter and Benedict Carver have teamed up with Bill Mechanic to turn the comicbook into a zombie feature franchise.[118]

Fear Agent film[edit]

In July 2009, Universal Pictures was in the early stages of developing a movie based on Fear Agent.[119]

Mage film[edit]

In August 2010, a film version of Mage had been in development at Spyglass Entertainment with Zack Snyder set to direct, but the rights were subsequently picked up by Watchmen and Hellboy producer Lloyd Levin.[120]

Elephantment film[edit]

At WonderCon in 2010 it was announced by Comicraft/Active Images the option of Elephantmen by Zucker Productions for development into a film. Richard Starkings was working on the draft treatment, and is enthusiastic: "Jerry [Zucker] and I can't wait to bring the stories of Hip, Horn and Sahara to life on screen in a way that will simply take your breath away."[121][122]

Cowboy Ninja Viking film[edit]

In 2010, it was announced that Disney had purchased the rights to make a film adaptation of Cowboy Ninja Viking. Zombieland screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese were slated to pen the film's screenplay.[123] Disney dropped the film in turnaround and Universal acquired the rights in 2012, with World War Z director Marc Forster attached to direct,[124] and Craig Mazin attached to write the script.[125] On November 20, 2014, Chris Pratt was cast as the lead.[126] On January 29, 2015, John Wick directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski were in early talks to replace Forster, who left the project.[127] On January 31, 2018, Michelle MacLaren was confirmed as director for the film.[128] On May 19, 2018, Dan Mazeau and Ryan Engle were brought on board to work on the screenplay.[129] In June 2018, Pratt confirmed MacLaren and members of the production team were in Berlin testing actors, with filming to commence in July.[130] On July 30, 2018, Priyanka Chopra was cast in the lead female role opposite Pratt.[131] The film was set to release on June 28, 2019[132] but was pulled in August 2018 from its release schedule.[133] As of August 2018, it is considered in active development, the delay accommodating production scheduling and script concerns.[134]

Turf film[edit]

In 2011, Chris Bender's production company Benderspink had optioned a film adaptation of Turf.[135]

The Red Star film[edit]

Warner Bros. are developing a film version of The Red Star. Josh Trank, director of Chronicle, was attached to develop the project in 2012.[136][137]

Undying Love film[edit]

On March 2012, it was announced that Alexandre Aja, director of Piranha 3D, was in negotiations to direct a film adaptation of Undying Love.[138] On November 27, 2012, The Hollywood Reporter posted that Aja was out and Joe Carnahan, director of The Grey, The A-Team and Smokin' Aces, was in negotiations to direct Undying Love for Warner Bros. It will be produced by Michael De Luca and Stephen L’Heureux and also by Chris Bender and J.C. Spink of Benderspink.[139] On January 30, 2019, Deadline announced that David Leitch will direct Undying Love from Tommy Wirkola for Studio 8 and is produced by Jeff Robinov, Kelly McCormick, and Stephen L’Heureux.[140]

The Amory Wars film[edit]

On December 2, 2012, Mark Wahlberg announced he will be producing a film adaptation of The Amory Wars.[141]

The Sword film[edit]

In 2013, Lakeshore Entertainment were making the film version of The Sword with David Hayter writing the film's script.[142]

Saga film[edit]

Interest has been expressed in adapting Saga for film or TV. In an August 2013 interview, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples stated that the point of Saga as they conceived it was "to do absolutely everything we couldn't do in a movie or a TV show. We're really happy with it just being a comic."[143] Vaughan has stated that they are open to the possibility, though it is not a priority for them.[144]

Starlight film[edit]

In December 2013, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that 20th Century Fox would produce the Starlight film with Gary Whitta penning the script.[145][146] Mark Millar announced to JoBlo that the film is his next project.[147]

Who Is Jake Ellis? film[edit]

In 2014, 20th Century Fox has optioned the movie rights to the comic series Who Is Jake Ellis? with David Yates attached to directing and Peter Chernin producing.[148] Seth Lochhead would write the script for the film.[149] In August 2016, Josh Mond would direct the movie.[150]

Jupiter's Legacy film[edit]

On April 8, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Mark Millar and Lorenzo di Bonaventura had partnered to develop the comic into feature films. Lorenzo explained his attraction to the property thus: "What appealed to me was the emotional weight of the family dynamic in Shakespearean fashion."[151] In June 2016, Brian and Mark Gunn were announced as the screenwriters that would adapt the property to the big screen.[152] The project was revived as a Netflix series.

The Fade Out film[edit]

In 2015, Ed Brubaker received calls from interested parties in Hollywood about adapting The Fade Out very early in its publication. However, he did not want to sell the rights until the series was finished. He had done so with a previous work, and it affected the way he wrote it because he was imagining it in the other medium.[153]

Rising Stars film[edit]

In 2016, MGM optioned Rising Stars, with J. Michael Straczynski slated to write the script and Alex Gartner and Richard Suckle to produce for Atlas Entertainment.[154]

Extreme Universe film[edit]

In January 2017, series creator Rob Liefeld worked with Akiva Goldsman and Graham King to develop the property into a film franchise.[155] In March 2018, Netflix bought the series.[156]

Invincible film[edit]

On April 4, 2017, it was announced that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg would write, direct and co-produce a film adaptation of the comic for Universal Pictures. It was to be produced by Point Grey Pictures and Skybound Entertainment. Series creator Robert Kirkman was also set to produce the movie, alongside David Alpert and Bryan and Sean Furst.[157]

Revival film[edit]

At the April 2017 Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, a film adaptation of Revival was announced. It will be co-written by Seeley and Sarah Fischer, directed by Luke Boyce and produced by Shatterglass Films, an independent film company based in Champaign, Illinois. Larger production firms also expressed interest, but Seeley would have had less input into the film if it were made by them.[158] Boyce said he had enjoyed Revival since its debut, and had been thinking about adapting it long before he met the creators.[159] A two-minute proof of concept teaser was shown at the expo.[160]

Son of Shaolin film[edit]

On July 2017, Rick Famuyiwa was attatched to direct Son of Shaolin, based on the comic of the same name by Jay Longino.[161]

Kill or Be Killed film[edit]

In December 2017, a film adaptation of Kill or Be Killed was announced. It will be written by Dan Casey and directed by Chad Stahelski.[162]

Analog film[edit]

On May 22, 2018, it was announced that Chad Stahelski will direct and co-produce a film adaptation of Analog, with Ryan Condal, based on the Gerry Duggan comic.[163]

Infidel film[edit]

In May 2018, Michael Sugar and TriStar announced a developmental deal to adapt Infidel into a film.[164]

Animated films[edit]

Bone film[edit]

In the late 1990s, an attempt was made by Nickelodeon Movies to produce a film adaptation of Bone. Jeff Smith said in a 2003 interview that Nickelodeon wanted the Bone cousins to be voiced by pre-teen actors, and wanted the film's soundtrack to include pop songs by the likes of N'Sync. Smith's response was that one would never insert pop songs in the middle of The Lord of the Rings or The Empire Strikes Back, and therefore pop songs should not be placed in Bone either.[165] On March 9, 2008, it was announced Warner Bros. Pictures had bought the film rights to the series.[166] Smith's website confirmed on March 13, 2008 that he had made a deal with Warner Bros. to adapt the Bone saga into a film series.[167] Further information was given in July 2011, citing that "two scripts have already been written and rejected—a third is currently in the works and will most likely yield three separate, computer-animated, 3-D films."[168] In January 2012, it was reported that Patrick Sean Smith, the creator of TV series Greek, was hired to write an adaptation, and that P. J. Hogan was attached to direct the feature, which will be produced by Lin Pictures and Animal Logic.[169] In November 2016, it was reported that Mark Osborne had been hired to direct the animated adaptation for Warner Animation Group. Osborne, along with Adam Kline, are set to write the film, which would be the first in a planned trilogy.[170]

Loaded Bible film[edit]

In August 2009, Halo-8 Entertainment has optioned the rights to make an "illustrated film" of Loaded Bible to be directed by Matt Pizzolo, who had previously done Godkiller.[171]

Chew film[edit]

In April 2014 it was announced Chew would be getting an Animated feature. This project will be produced by Jeff Krelitz and David Boxenbaum via their multimedia company Heavy Metal. Jeff Krelitz will also be directing. John Layman will be writing. The Executive producers will be John Layman, Rob Guillory and Scott Boxenbaum. Steven Yeun of Walking Dead fame will be voicing the main character Tony Chu and Felicia Day will be voicing his love interest Amelia Mintz [172] On April 21, 2017, it was revealed in an interview with Rob Guillory, the artist of CHEW, that the animated film project was completely dead. Guillory simply stated that "it just didn't happen because Hollywood can be weird sometimes...we do have some movement on the live action show, though."

Television[edit]

Cyberforce TV series[edit]

A half-hour Cyberforce animated series was planned for the 1995–96 season on Fox Television as part of an hour-long block.[173][174] Although completed character designs and a model sheet were featured in magazines, the series never progressed past the planning stage.[175]

Youngblood TV series[edit]

A half-hour Youngblood animated series was planned for the 1995–96 season on Fox as part of an hour block.[173] The series was being developed by Roustabout Productions, a newly formed animation company. According to Nick Dubois, creative director and co-founder of Roustabout, the series would take a lighthearted approach with tongue-in-cheek humor.[176]

Scud: The Disposable Assassin TV series[edit]

The second attempt was to adapt Scud into a TV series for MTV. It got as far as casting before being halted in 2004.[177]

Ultra TV series[edit]

In January 2006, a television adaptation of Ultra was announced as being in development by producer Barbara Hall for CBS.[178] In February, Lena Headey was cast as Ultra[179] A pilot episode was made, but CBS chose not to carry the show.[180][181] When asked about the failed pilot in a 2008 interview with The A.V. Club, Joshua said the pilot "just wasn't good". He went on to say the script was a large departure from the comic book, such as the unexplained name change from Pearl to Penny and the removal of Aphrodite and Cowgirl. He described the pilot as being Ultra in name only.[180]

In 2007, Jonathan and Joshua Luna spoke to director Stephen Hopkins about moving forward with an adaptation again, but it became stuck in development hell.[180] The Lunas were still in talks for an Ultra television project in 2011.[182]

Spawn: The Animation[edit]

In an interview with Supanova dated June 2, 2009, McFarlane says, "I'm 85% done with the new series, I just literally have to pick a studio, put a music score on top of it, and I'm done." In the same interview, McFarlane also stated that he would like to return the series to HBO, because they gave him his "big break" when he first started with his previous Spawn animated series.[183] In November 2010, McFarlane said that he has been pitching his series to studios in Hollywood and that they are still ironing out some of the animation techniques that will be used.[184] At the New York Comic Con of October 2014, McFarlane revealed images of Sam and Twitch from the new animated series.[185]

Chew TV series[edit]

In July 2010 it was announced that production company Circle of Confusion, the same company that produces the Walking Dead television series, was planning to adapt Chew.[186] It was revealed in March 2011, that Showtime was developing it into a half-hour comedy series, based on a script by Terri Hughes Burton and Ron Milbauer.[187]

OCT TV series[edit]

A&E Network announced that they were working on an OCT TV show in March 2012, with Jorge Zamacona as the script writer. He is also a producer along with the comic's creators Dawson, Atchison, Gilmore and Shasteen, and The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd.[188]

Thief of Thieves TV series[edit]

AMC was developing a television drama series based on Thief of Thieves.[189] Charles H. Eglee would serve as the showrunner if the project is picked up to series.[190] Kirkman said that "because of the success of The Walking Dead and my relationships with the people over at AMC, the conversation eventually comes up: 'What else are you working on? Is there anything else you have on the horizon that might be interesting to us?' I was able to talk to them about what I was doing with Thief of Thieves while I was developing it as a comic book series, so the show and the comic are more or less developing concurrently."[191] More than a year after the original announcement, at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, Kirkman said the adaptation is still in development. "Sometimes that's a short process; sometimes that's a long process. For The Walking Dead, it was five years, but we're really very hopeful Thief of Thieves will keep going and make it to series. Fingers crossed!"[192] By 2016, Kirkman was still working on the project. "Frustrating that I can't say more, I know. It's a long process but it's still in process."[193]

Revival TV series[edit]

In October 2012, Seeley and Norton said major networks had approached them about developing a Revival television series, and later mentioned NBC specifically.[194][159][195]

Pax Romana Miniseries[edit]

On April 30, 2014, Syfy announced they would be adapting Pax Romana into a miniseries.[196] Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia (Warehouse 13) were writing the show, with Scaia and David Alpert (The Walking Dead) executive producing. Jonathan Hickman would serve as a co-executive producer.[197]

Rat Queens TV series[edit]

In 2014, Pukeko Pictures and Heavy Metal magazine announced their intent to adapt Rat Queens as a 30-minute animated television series.[198]

Five Ghosts TV series[edit]

In October 2014, American television channel SyFy announced that a series based on Five Ghosts was under development. The pilot would be produced by Universal Cable Productions, Black Mask Studios and BenderSpink.[199]

The Wicked + The Divine TV series[edit]

In 2015, the television rights to The Wicked + The Divine have been optioned by Universal TV.[200]

Hack/Slash TV series[edit]

In October 2015, Relativity Television announced that the series would be adapted into a television series and would be written by Skip Woods, who would serve as executive producer alongside Adrian Askarieh, who first optioned it in 2005.[201][202] Since then, there have been no updates on the prospective series, causing outlets such as [/Film /Film] to assume that the series is in development hell.[203]

Lazarus TV series[edit]

Legendary Television bought the rights to adapt Lazarus following a competitive bidding war in March 2015.[204][205] Rucka and Lark will be executive producers along with David Manpearl and Matt Tolmach.[204][206] A pilot script written by Rucka entered its final draft in late 2015 and Legendary began looking for a network willing to purchase it.[207][205] During the hiatus between issues 21 and 22, Rucka and Lark were able to devote more time to developing the adaptation.[208] Rucka said the development process for Lazarus has been better than any of his previous Hollywood experiences, and that he hopes the show will be able to explore characters more deeply using scenes cut from the book.[208][207]

In September 2017, Deadline Hollywood reported the adaptation was being developed as a potential series for Amazon Studios, who made a "significant production investment" in it.[209] In the letter column of Lazarus X+66 #4 (November 2017), Rucka said this announcement included some inaccuracies, and emphasized the show is still a long way from being released. He said the casting process had not yet begun.[210]

The Infinite Horizon TV series[edit]

In 2015, Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti was attatched to direct and produce a television series based on Gerry Duggan's The Infinite Horizon comic. The script was written by Ryan Condal.[211]

Trees TV series[edit]

In 2016, Tom Hardy and NBCUniversal announced a television series based on Warren Ellis' and Jason Howard's comic series Trees is in early development.[212]

Wayward TV series[edit]

In 2017, it was announced that rights have been acquired by United Kingdom company Manga Entertainment in order to develop a Japanese animated or live action series based on Wayward.[213]

Enormous TV series[edit]

In 2017, 20th Century Fox Television ordered a pilot episode written by André Øvredal, based on the comic series Enormous. After watching the pilot, FOX abandoned the series.[214][215]

Crosswind TV series[edit]

In 2017, Entertainment One ordered a pilot based on Gail Simone's comic series Crosswind, with Vanessa Piazza as showrunner and executive producer.[216]

East of West / Transhuman TV series[edit]

On April 19, 2018, it was announced that Amazon Studios, Skybound Entertainment, and Jonathan Hickman would be developing an hour long series based on East of West and Transhuman.[217]

Injection TV series[edit]

In 2018, Warren Ellis' comic series Injection has been optioned for television by Universal Cable Productions.[218][219]

Roche Limit TV series[edit]

In 2018, Will Pascoe (Orphan Black) was set as the showrunner for an adaptation of Michael Moreci's comic series Roche Limit.[220]

Video games[edit]

Youngblood Video game[edit]

A Youngblood video game, an isometric action game similar to Crusader: No Remorse, was in development by Realtime Associates for the PlayStation and PC in 1997, with GT Interactive as the publisher.[221][222]

Luchadores 5 Video game[edit]

In 2011, a Luchadores 5 video game option had been acquired by Biodroid Entertainment.[223]

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