New Republic Pictures Explores Image’s Undiscovered Country for Film
Oct 08, 2019
Ahead of the first issue’s release, the film rights to Image Comics’ new creator-owned series Undiscovered Country have been acquired by New Republic Pictures, according to an October 8 exclusive report in Deadline.
According to the report, New Republic won an “acquisition auction with a seven-figure deal with an eye toward a feature film franchise that would evoke post-apocalyptic epics such as The Walking Dead and Max Max. That franchiser would be rooted in the same intriguing (and politically timely) premise as the Image series: Thirty years after the United States walls-off its borders and severs international relations, the fate of the once great republic is a mystery. That changes when a deadly pandemic threatens the globe. A team dispatched to find the cure at any cost follows a trail that leads them past the fortified California coastline and into the dangerous landscape that was once known the “home of the brave.”
Series writers Scott Snyder & Charles Soule are tagged to write the screenplay and will serve as executive producers with series artist Giuseppe Camuncoli.
“The overarching setup and story for both film and comic will be the same, or at least very similar,” Soule told Deadline. “The small beats will probably change between each medium. The truth is, though, telling a story as a monthly comic over several years versus a film, or even a trilogy of films, requires different emphasis and pacing. It’s not the same experience. And we’re not trying to make it equivalent.”
Undiscovered Country #1 (SEP190027) arrives in comic shops November 6. In the meantime, check out the lettered preview pages below for a look into the world of Undiscovered Country.