Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are expanding their entertainment empire to the superhero realm. They will write, direct and produce a big-screen adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s comic book series Invincible, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Kirkman (The Walking Dead) will also serve as a producer on the project for Universal. Invincible has been published by Image Comics continuously since 2003, revolving around a teenager named Mark Grayson, also known as the superhero Invincible. He’s the son of Omni-Man, the leader of the alien Viltrumite race. Invincible’s powers include flight and superpowered strength; his mission is to protect Earth.
Throughout the series, Mark Grayson has struggled to deal with his life as a teenager and also a superpowered protector of the planet. He has issues with his strong-willed father and the war-minded Viltrumite people. His romantic relationship with fellow superhuman Atom Eve adds further complications.
Last August, Kirkman announced his intention to bring the series to a conclusion, effective with the 144th issue, which is expected to be published in December. That adds to the excitement of the well-timed movie deal.
Longtime friends and creative partners, Rogen and Goldberg have been working together for years. Superbad (above) was their first produced feature film credit as writers, soon followed by Pineapple Express, The Green Hornet and The Watch.
They made their directorial debut with This Is the End (above) before making the controversial comedy The Interview. They expanded to television with last year’s Preacher, based on Garth Ennis’ comic book series. They are currently producing Future Man, a sci-fi comedy series for Hulu and Singularity, a pilot for a proposed sci-fi comedy series for FX.
As a comic book series, Invincible features an expansive group of characters as well as both comic and dramatic elements, along with often shocking scenes of explicit violence, It holds the potential for plenty of exciting conflict and definitely has franchise potential, so it will be fascinating to see how Rogen and Goldberg develop it for the big screen.