Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s writing abilities are no longer limited to comedy. Having already adapted, written and co-directed the pilot to Preacher, whose second season is just around the corner, the duo are now turning their eyes (or pens) to another adaptation: Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman‘s comic book, Invincible.
The duo will write, produce and direct a film based on the long running comic book series, which follows “Mark Grayson, a normal high school student with just one difference between him and his peers — his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, and he, too, will inherit his own set of superpowers”. The series has been running since 2003, with Kirkman expecting to wrap it up this year.
Coming from a guy that created The Walking Dead, it’s no surprise that the series is bloody, gruesome and shocking. Fortunately, following the success of R-Rated superhero films Deadpool and Logan, studios are far more eager to accept bloody, gruesome and shocking projects with the assurance that audiences will now pay to see them.
Kirkman said: “For nearly a decade I’ve had to endure the ‘what about Invincible?’ question as fans have watched The Walking Dead grow into the multi-media monstrosity it has become over the years, the answer was always that we were waiting for the right team to partner with. That team has arrived!”
“The esteemed misters Goldberg and Rogen have proven themselves to be top-notch directors with a keen collective eye for stunning visuals after slumming it by writing hit after juggernaut hit”.
“Invincible’s surprising, edgy, shocking, and oftentimes blood-soaked story couldn’t be in more capable hands. With the team of Rogen, Goldberg and Universal, I’m very confident this will be another superhero movie, in a long line of superhero movies that continues to prove that it’s a viable, thrilling genre that will keep people coming to the cinema for years to come”.
R-Rated superheroes are here to stay, and Universal is on the bandwagon. With ratings for The Walking Dead beginning to fade, perhaps Kirkman’s new avenue is where the fanbase will take its love and adoration. With Rogen and Goldberg on board, it’s hard to envision Invincible being anything other than a huge hit.