*Drumroll* Amazon greenlights superhero animated series 'Invincible' by 'The Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman
Invincible will be the first series to come out of the deal Amazon Studios struck with Kirkman last year, and marks Amazon's expansion into sci-fi, fantasy, and horror programmes
Drumroll! Amazon Studios has decided to collaborate with 'The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and artist Ryan Ottley, for an eight-episode hourlong animated series, 'Invincible,' which will be based on Kirkman's very popular comic book series of the same name. 'Invincible' is set to be the first series to come out of the deal Amazon Studios struck with Kirkman last year.
Kirkman is the executive producer of AMC’s 'The Walking Dead', a show which is based on the graphic novel, 'Fear the Walking Dead,' which he co-created along with Skybound Entertainment.
Piloting Amazon’s expansion into sci-fi, fantasy, and horror programmes, the series is an adult nominated superhero show that will circle around a "normal teenager", Mark Grayson, who also happens to be the most powerful superhero on the planet.
In the show, Mark's powers develop shortly after his seventeenth birthday and his father becomes his guardian in the process. Thus evolves a story that has been described to be "suspenseful, action-filled, and emotion-packed, yet builds upon poignant and heartwarming moments of love, friendship, and humanity," by Deadline.
Produced by Skybound, Simon Racioppa (Teen Titans) will be the showrunner for 'Invincibles' and has Racioppa, Skybound’s Kirkman and David Alpert (The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead), Catherine Winder (The Angry Birds Movie, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as it's executive producers.
Meanwhile, Justin & Chris Copeland (Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man) will be the supervising directors for the show, which is expected to "premiere globally on Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories."
“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,” said Sharon Yguado, Head of Scripted Genre Programming, Amazon Studios. “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.”
'Invincible' has been Kirkman’s second-longest comic-book series. It came to an end back in February, 2018 after a very successful 15-year-run. As of now, the full series of the comic is available "across 23 countries and in eight languages and is also currently in development separately as a feature-length movie," reported Deadline.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the series Cory Walker, Ryan Ottley and I did together for over 15 years,” said Kirkman.
“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!”