UPDATE: Max Landis refutes reports an adaptation of Green Valley is in development, saying on Twitter the report “isn’t real or true.”

Chronicle and American Ultra screenwriter Max Landis is reportedly bringing an adaptation of his own comic book series Green Valley to the screen as a feature film. Published through Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment, Green Valley concerns a group of knights who embark upon a quest in search of redemption, only to discover that their mythical world is more mysterious than they ever imagined.

Genre mash-up artist and tireless pop culture commentator Landis says he first concocted the idea of Green Valley when he was a little kid, and was surprised to later realize that unlike most of the ideas he came up with as a small boy, it was not entirely stupid. That idea would later be realized as a comic book mini-series written by Landis with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Cliff Rathburn.

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Film Buff Online claims they have two sources confirming that Green Valley will make the leap from the comic book pages to the screen, with Landis writing the script. There is no confirmation yet but it’s believed the project falls under Kirkman and Skybound’s first look deal with Universal Pictures, which has already generated the upcoming adaptation of Kirkman’s Invincible comic book from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

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Though he’s only been on the movie scene for a few years, Landis has become one of the more prominent figures in the industry, despite only having one hit. Landis first became a known quantity after penning the script for the decently-received Josh Trank found-footage superhero film Chronicle, following that up with genre mash-ups American Ultra and Victor Frankenstein. Landis also directed the romantic comedy Me Him Her, and brought Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency to television through BBC America.

Later this year, Netflix will release the Will Smith vehicle Bright, directed by David Ayer from a script by Landis. Like most of Landis’ other works, Bright sounds like a genre lab experiment, this time grafting fantasy elements onto a standard buddy-cop formula. Landis also wrote the script for the upcoming Bradley Cooper-Gal Gadot film Deeper, about an expedition to the bottom of the ocean.

If Landis is ever going to break out and become more than just a clever guy who makes stuff that appeals to niche audiences, he needs to come up with a broadly-appealing story that doesn’t lean so heavily on deconstructing very specific genre tropes in a way that mostly appeals to geeks. Perhaps Green Valley, with its Game of Thrones-sounding tale of heroic knights in a mythical setting, will be that story. Or maybe Landis will finally have his big hit writing and directing a remake of his own father John Landis’ horror classic An American Werewolf in London.

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UPDATE: Max Landis refutes reports an adaptation of Green Valley is in development, saying on Twitter the report “isn’t real or true.”

Source: Film Buff Online

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