Jeff Lemire’s “Descender” is coming to the big screen.
Sony announced on Friday that it had acquired the feature film rights to the upcoming Image comic series from Lemire (“Sweet Tooth,” “Trillium”) and artist Dustin Nguyen.
The comic book, which was announced last year, is described as a sprawling space opera centering on an artificial boy, TIM-21, who might hold the key to the origins of a race of planet-decimating robots.
Before long, he becomes the subject of a galactic search, and soon bands together with unlikely companions to travel to distant planets to flee his foes.
The first issue will be published March 4.
“It was a competitive situation for ‘Descender’…” said Lemire and Nguyen in a statement released by Sony. “We know that their film translation will do justice to the original comics, and we are thrilled with their belief in the franchise potential.”
Introducing the series at a pre-Comic-Con International event in July, artist Nguyen (“Batman: Li’l Gotham”) said that drawing a boy robot was a major attraction for “Descender.”
“If anyone’s ever followed my blog … they can tell where my style was headed, and it was always something to do with a little kid as a robot,” he said.
There is no release date yet set for the film.
— Gina McIntyre and Blake Hennon | @LATHeroComplex
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