Legendary Entertainment has nabbed the rights to the Nonplayer comic books and is now developing a film adaptation. The series, from writer and artist Nate Simpson, made quite an entrance back in 2011 when Nonplayer #1 was released. The single issue drew attention to the then still-budding comic book writer and even brought him several accolades, including an Eisner Award as a newcomer to the industry.
However, it took Simpson another four years to put out Nonplayer #2, due to some personal milestones that include the birth of his first son and tragedy, as he suffered a major injury that hampered his work on the series. Now, as fans are still waiting for the next installment of the seven-issue narrative that the writer hopes to wrap-up by 2017, a big development involving the property has emerged - as it turns out that the comics will soon grace the big screen.
According to Deadline, Legendary Entertainment has acquired the film rights to the Image Comics series and has begun work on a Nonplayer movie adaptation. The script for the film is being written by Eric Pearson, who has previously worked on such comic book adaptations as Thor: Ragnarok and the Marvel/ABC TV series Agent Carter. It's worth nothing that this is not the first time that Nonplayer has been optioned to become a movie. Some years back, Warner Bros. also began work on a Nonplayer film adaptation, with producers David Heyman and Roy Lee attached . For better or worse, that iteration of the project never made it past pre-production.
For the uninitiated, Nonplayer follows the life of lead Dana Stevens: a tamale delivery woman who participates in an online roleplaying game, where she lives her fantasy lifestyle. After defeating a major character, the game's AI infects the whole system, causing it to spill into real life. Unable to log-out from the augmented reality title, Dana needs to continue playing the game and eventually finish, if she is to survive.
In a Hollywood era dominated by comic book movie adaptations, it will be interesting to see how a non-Marvel/DC title like Nonplayer fares by comparison. Something like Mark Millar's Kingsman comic book series, for example, has become a breakout hit on the big screen, thanks to director Matthew Vaughn's impeccable style and fresh take on the property. Only time will tell if this new Legendary project follows suit.
An official release date has yet to be announced for Nonplayer.
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