Sweet Tooth showrunner Jim Mickle has signed on to direct a film adaptation of comic book God Country for Netflix. Mickle will co-write the film alongside Donny Cates, who wrote the six-issue series that was originally published in 2017.
God Country focuses on Emmet Quinlan, an old widower afflicted with dementia and violent outbursts. When a tornado hits his home in West Texas, he finds himself rejuvenated thanks to an enchanted sword he finds in the wreckage. Emmet must now use the sword to protect his family and his town against terrifying otherworldly creatures that are seeking its power.
Mickle seems like a good choice for this material, as Sweet Tooth (also a Netflix project) is also based on a comic series (the Vertigo series of the same name) and was just renewed for a second season. He’s also the showrunner for the series and has directed four episodes of the first season.
In addition to Sweet Tooth, Mickle has also directed films such as 2019 sci-fi thriller In The Shadow Of The Moon (also for Netflix), 2014 crime thriller Cold In July, and 2013 horror We Are What We Are.
Legendary’s Mary Parent and Ali Mendes are producing the film for Netflix, one of a number of projects the company has worked on for the streaming giant, including Enola Holmes and its in-development sequel, plus the live-action adaptation of the Gundam franchise that already has Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) attached to direct.
Netflix must be extremely happy with Mickle’s work to renew his show and give him two cracks at directing a film. No release date has yet been announced for God Country, but the first season of Sweet Tooth can currently be watched on Netflix.