It’s been a big couple weeks for new comic book movie properties in development. We found out that the decade-in-the-making Shazam! movie is finally becoming a reality with casting announcements of Zachary Levi as Captain Marvel and Asher Angel as his young alter-ego Billy Batson, and that the Hyrkanian warrior Red Sonja is being prepped for her big screen comeback. Now, the imaginative world created by award-winning writer-artist Nate Simpson is getting the Hollywood treatment. According to Deadline, Legendary Entertainment has acquired the rights from Simpson with the goal of making a franchise “in the vein of Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Matrix.” Eric Pearson (Thor: Ragnarok) had been hired to pen the script.
Amazingly, only two issues of Nonplayer have ever been published; the first issue was published in 2011, the second in 2015. Here’s the synopsis of the comic book:
The future kind of sucks, and that goes double for Dana Stevens – she’s stuck in a dead-end tamale delivery job, and she’s way too old to be living with her mom. But in the online fantasy world of Jarvath, she’s an elite warrior. When she slays the wife of celebrity game character King Heremoth, her fame seems all but guaranteed – that is, until the game spins totally out of control.