Robert Kirkman‘s comic book series Invincible is the story of a teenager whose father is the most powerful superhero in the world, and the struggles he endures while navigating regular life with the onset of his own newfound abilities. The series may have come to its definitive conclusion back in February of this year, but as its name suggests, the titular character and the world he inhabits will live on – just in a new medium.
In conjunction with Skybound and Image Comics, Amazon Studios is in the beginning stages of developing an animated series based on the long-running superhero comic. The series will begin with eight episodes, each running an hour long.
In the official press release, the Head of Scripted Genre Programming at Amazon Studios, Sharon Yguado, stated:
“In a world saturated with superhero fare, we trust Robert to subvert expectations while encapsulating a story filled with heart and adrenaline. We love his ambitious plan for the show and believe it will look like nothing else on television.”
Kirkman himself also released a statement:
“I couldn’t be more proud of the series Cory Walker, Ryan Ottley and I did together for over 15 years. To know our characters will live on in multiple iterations in other media is almost too exciting to bear! What Amazon is allowing us to do in animated form is nothing short of ground-breaking, and I can’t wait for our rabid fan base to experience it!”
This news is not the only reason for fans of the comic to be thrilled, as a live-action film produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg is also in development. With two major adaptations now in the works, Invincible will surely reach a broader audience, allowing for Kirkman’s superhero vision to garner new, and possibly greater, interest than ever before.