'Skyward': Anti-gravity comics from 'Lucifer' showrunner Joe Henderson is all set for a big-screen adaptation
The adaptation of 'Skyward' will be overseen by Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson, who also happens to be the co-creator of the series along with Lee Garbett.
Sony's roster of comic-book adaptations just got a little bigger, thanks to a recent addition in the form of 'Skyward', a new graphics series from Image Comics. The studios, in the recent past, has been fast-tracking work on multiple comics-based projects - including a whole range of movies set in the Spider-Man universe. With the latest acquisition of the film rights for 'Skyward', though, it looks like Sony is headed in this comics-bound path for some time now.
The development was first reported by Variety, who further confirmed that the big screen adaptation of 'Skyward' - the gravity-defying comic book series - will be overseen by Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson, who also happens to be the co-creator of the graphic novel along with Lee Garbett. While Henderson fills in the creatives as the executive producer for the film, Brad Peyton - of fame 'Rampage' - will be taking over as the director.
Alongside Henderson as EP, Peyton and Jeff Fierson will also be involved as producers. "Jeff and I are focused on making event films — regardless of budget or scope,” Peyton was quoted as saying, as he dished about what fans can expect from the sci-fi comic book-based movie. “‘Skyward’ is a big one. We’re very excited to deliver on what an anti-gravity movie should deliver on and be working with Joe Henderson on this.”
So... the news it out! #Skyward's been optioned by Sony as a movie!! THRILLED to be working with Brad on this!! Also unfortunately left out of the article is that @LeeGarbett is co-creator of the book! https://t.co/TD8rVUlBQ7— Joe Henderson (@Henderson_Joe) July 2, 2018
'Skyward', in its comics iteration, picks up twenty years after a series of events changes Earth's gravity forever. In the present situation, humanity has become adapted to the new low-gravity reality, except for a certain Willa Fowler, who was born just after the fateful “G-day”. In her attempts to bring gravity back on Earth, Willa will embark on a dangerous route, one that can even cost her life.
“When I first read the pitch for Skyward it felt like fate had had a hand in putting it my way. Like it had been written for me and designed to push all my buttons," Garbett said about bringing the story to life. "Joe Henderson’s script—as well as that killer high-concept—was so rich, his characters so warm and full of life, that I was hooked and holding on to this baby with both hands like it was chained to the ground on G-Day."
While Lucifer boss added: "It’s a coming-of-age story filled with action and humor, devastation and hope. It explores a world turned upside down, where anyone can leap tall buildings with a single bound… but if you jump too high, you die."
So far, apart from the behind-the-scenes creatives, nothing on the casting, or even the production commencement date has been revealed for 'Skyward'.