With comic book adaptations all the rage right now, yet another property is getting adapted for the big screen.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan’s Birthright has had its rights picked up by Universal Pictures. Moving quickly, Despicable Me’s Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul are working on the screenplay.
Image Comics and Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment began to put out the Birthright title in 2014, and this upcoming movie is being developed as part of Skybound’s first-look deal with Universal. Kirkman will serve as producer along with Bryan Furst, Sean Furst and Jeb Brody.
The official blurb on Birthright reads:
Birthright begins like a traditional tense drama as the Rhodes family finds themselves looking for their youngest son Mikey who has gone missing. After a year of searching with nothing to show for it, a fully grown and Conan-like man appears claiming to be their son. Mikey reveals in the year he was away that he was in a fantastical land called Terranos and that he’s only been able to return home now that he has defeated the tyrannical God-King Lore in the other world. But things are not as they seem as more things from Terranos begin to make their way into the real world bringing magic and destruction.
On this news, co-creator Williamson enthused, “Birthright is a giant fantasy epic but at its core it’s a story about family, and I’m really excited that a creative team who values those same storytelling elements will be developing Birthright. Andrei and I have put so much of ourselves into developing the Birthright comic and we know that Cinco, Ken and the entire Skybound team will do the same as they adapt it for the big screen.”
Expect more on this as we get it.