Robert Kirkman says Invincible film won’t connect with Amazon series
In a recent interview with EW, producer Robert Kirkman has finally given an update about his long-in-development live-action film adaptation of his popular comic book series Invincible, confirming that the project is still moving forward and is in the early stages at Universal Pictures with The Boys co-creators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg also attached as writers and producers.
With the upcoming debut of Amazon’s series adaptation of Invincible on March 26, Kirkman has also confirmed that the live-action film will be separate from the Steven Yeun-led animated series.
“That is still very much in development. That hasn’t changed. We’re just taking a long time,” Kirkman revealed. “But we’ve been fortunate enough to have a two-track plan with Invincible. Right now we’ve got the animated series at Amazon, which is now on the cusp of launching, and then we’re also still developing it as a film series with Universal, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg attached. So, those two things are still very much happening concurrently, which is somewhat weird, I guess. But there’ve been Spider-Man animated series and Spider-Man movies at the same time. So, I think we’re in good company.”
Invincible is described as a suspenseful, action-filled, emotion-packed show that builds upon poignant and heartwarming moments of love, friendship, and humanity. The comic launched in 2003 and wrapped up last February after 144 issues had been published. Ryan Ottley served as the central artist on the Kirkman and Cory Walker created comics.
The series’ all-star ensemble voice cast includes Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Seth Rogen (The Lion King), Gillian Jacobs (Love), Andrew Rannells (Black Monday), Zazie Beetz (Atlanta), Mark Hamill (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Walton Goggins (Tomb Raider), Jason Mantzoukas (John Wick 3: Parabellum), Mae Whitman (Good Girls) and Chris Diamantopoulos (Silicon Valley).
It will also feature Mahershala Ali as Titan, Clancy Brown as Damien Darkblood, Jeffrey Donovan as Machine Head, Ezra Miller as D.A. Sinclair, Djimon Hounsou as Martian Emperor, Jonathan Groff as Rick Sheridan, Jon Hamm as Steve, Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) as Robot, Nicole Byer as Vanessa & Fiona and Khary Payton (The Walking Dead) as Black Samson along with Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead) as Martian Man, Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery) as Green Ghost, Michael Cudlitz (Southland) as Red Rush, Lauren Cohan (The Boy) as War Woman, Lennie James (Fear the Walking Dead) as Darkwing and Ross Marquand (Avengers: Endgame) actually taking two roles on the show as The Immortal and Aquarius.
Behind The Walking Dead, Invincible is Kirkman’s second-longest-running comic and the series serves as his first show under the new deal with Amazon. Invincible is Kirkman’s fourth scripted series based on his Skybound comics, alongside AMC’s The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and Cinemax’s Outcast.
Kirkman’s Skybound is set to produce Invincible with Teen Titans’ Simon Racioppa serving as showrunner. Along with Kirkman and Racioppa, David Alpert (The Walking Dead), and Catherine Winer (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) will executive produce. Jeff Allen serves as supervising director.