Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, recently signed a developmental deal with Amazon Studios after departing AMC. Today Kirkman and Amazon Studios announced what the first project would be under their new collaboration. An animated series based upon Kirkman’s other hit comic, Invincible.
Invincible recently concluded in February following its 144 episode run. Kirkman created the comic with his partner Cory Walker. Ryan Ottley joined the series as of its 8th issue to serve as its primary artist.
The comic tells the story of a teenager named Mark Grayson. Mark is just a normal teen, despite the fact that his father is the most powerful superhero on Earth. Shortly after Mark’s 17th birthday, he begins to develop the power of his own and thus begins to learn the superhero ropes from his father. The series was beloved by many with its continual suspense, action, and emotion.
Kirkman’s Skybound company will produce the Invincible TV show with Simon Racioppa of Teen Titans on board to run the show. Sharon Yguado, head of scripted genre programming at Amazon Studios, confirmed the companies excitement following the announcement of Invincible’s straight-to-series order:
“Robert has an uncanny talent to predict the zeitgeist, and we are incredibly excited to see him break boundaries in an animated one-hour format. In a world saturated with superhero fare, we trust Robert to subvert expectations while encapsulating a story filled with heart and adrenaline. We love his ambitious plan for the show and believe it will look like nothing else on television.”
Kirkman too declared his excitement in the series’ potential. It doesn’t hurt that Kirkman feels Amazon’s efforts have been “nothing short of ground-breaking”:
“I couldn’t be more proud of the series Cory Walker, Ryan Ottley and I did together for over 15 years. To know our characters will live on in multiple iterations in other media is almost too exciting to bear! What Amazon is allowing us to do in animated form is nothing short of ground-breaking, and I can’t wait for our rabid fan base to experience it!”
Amazon’s Invincible series isn’t the only one apparently in the works though. Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg have been developing a feature film based upon the comic since April 2017.
The duo is attached to write, produce and direct their adaptation in conjunction with Universal Pictures and Kirkman’s Skybound team. No word as of yet when Amazon’s animated series or the feature film are planned to debut.