‘Birthright’ Adaptation Coming From ‘Walking Dead’ & ‘Despicable Me 3’ Writers | Film News
Yesterday, DMG Entertainment assumed full control over indie comics publisher, Valiant Comics, who have a pantheon of over 2000 characters at their disposal. Dan Mintz, the filmmaker involved in the takeover, immediately talked about cinematic adaptations and trying to rival Marvel and DC on the cinematic battlefield:
“Our priority is to build upon Valiant’s vast universe of characters from a filmmaker’s perspective. I’m excited to immerse Valiant’s fans well beyond the stories we tell cinematically”.
Now, the first film is in development. Skybound Entertainment, the multi-platform entertainment company founded by The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman and David Alpert, is teaming up with Despicable Me 3 writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio to create an adaptation of the Birthright comic book series.
First published in 2014, Birthright is an ongoing series written by Joshua Williamson with art by Andrei Bressan. It revolves around the Rhodes family, who suffer a tragedy when their young son disappears while playing outside. A year later, a grown man claiming to be their son appears before them, sharing tales of wild journeys into another world.
The stranger then invites his family to return with him to this mysterious world, but little do they know that a fate worse than death awaits them on the other side.
This is exciting news for Valiant Comics fans, and Birthright fans, both of which may have wondered if their smaller comic – lacking the big-name superheroes studios usually want for their films – would ever get a shot at a cinematic adaptation. Now, the critically-acclaimed world of Birthright has a chance to be experienced on the big screen.
The next step: finding a director, which shouldn’t prove particularly hard considering the expansive worlds at their disposal, waiting to be rendered into expressive spectacles on film.