Robert Kirkman's Invincible has been given a straight-to-series order at Amazon. The man behind The Walking Dead has officially locked down his new series, which will come in animated form and is adapting his second-longest running comic book series, trailing only his mega-popular zombie tale. Here's what Sharon Yguado, head of scripted genre programming at Amazon Studios, had to say about it.
"Robert has an uncanny talent to predict the zeitgeist, and we are incredibly excited to see him break boundaries in an animated one-hour format. 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."
This is the fourth scripted series that Robert Kirkman has to his name now to go along with The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead on AMC and Outcast on Cinemax. All of the shows are based on comic books he has penned. Invincible will be an hour-long animated take on the long-running comic series, which concluded its run in February, running for a total of 144 issues. The book was first launched in 2003 under Kirkman's Image Comics imprint Skybound Entertainment. This is the first show to come out of an overall deal that Kirkman signed with Amazon over a year ago.
The series is produced by Robert Kirkman's Skybound, with Simon Racioppa (Teen Titans) set as showrunner. Kirkman, Racioppa, David Alpert (The Walking Dead) and Catherine Winder (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) are attached to executive produce Invincible for Amazon. Justin and Chris Copeland (Ultimate Spider-Man) will serve as supervising directors. A premiere date has yet to be determined, but the first season will consist of eight episodes. Robert Kirkman had this to say about the show in 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!"
Invincible centers on Mark Grayson, a normal teenager, except for the fact that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet. Shortly after his 17th birthday, Mark begins to develop powers of his own and starts to learn the ways of being a superhero under his father. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are developing an Invincible movie for Universal, which is reportedly not going to be impacted by this new series and is still in the works. Rogen and Goldberg are writing the movie with intent to direct, assuming it eventually gets the green light. This news was previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter.