Warner Bros.’ Static Shock film lands Randy McKinnon to script
Nearly six months since the film was first announced to be in development at the studio, Warner Bros. Pictures’ film adaptation of Milestone and DC Comics’ Static Shock is gaining steam as Safety scribe Randy McKinnon has signed on to pen the script for the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The feature project is set to be produced by Michael B. Jordan (Just Mercy) vis his WB-based banner Outlier Society alongside Emmy, Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Reginald Hudlin (Safety), with the latter having previously announced the film being in development last August. Jordan’s Outlier is currently set to be the main creative force behind the project, with the self-proclaimed major comic book fan and multi-hyphenate getting the opportunity to develop the multi-platform franchise around the cult favorite superhero the studio is hoping for.
Static, alter ego Virgil Hawkins, made his debut in the eponymous comic of the same name in 1993 from the now-defunct Milestone Comics, a publisher founded by Black writers and artists looking to create a more inclusive space. He later found larger stardom through the animated series Static Shock on Kids’ WB, in which he was voiced by Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack) and followed the story of the titular teenager transforming into a superhero after being exposed to a strange gas and gaining electromagnetic powers, and eventually made his way into the mainstream DC Comics line in 2008.
In addition to announcing the development of the film at the event, Hudlin revealed at DC FanDome that the comics publisher would be relaunching Milestone with him now a partner of the label and at the center of it all and that he was developing a new Static Shock digital comic that debuted in February and can be purchased here!
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