Sony's 'Descender' Adaptation Finds Its Writer (Exclusive)

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The comic book was created by acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dustin Nguyen.

Jesse Wigutow has been tapped to adapt Descender, the sci-fi comic book from acclaimed creator Jeff Lemire.

Josh Bratman will produce the Sony project under his Immersive Pictures banner with Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, the comic’s co-creator and artist, executive producing.

The space opera tells of a time where anything android, robotic or with artificial intelligence is hunted down by bounty hunters and destroyed. On a distant mining colony, one self-aware and extremely lifelike robot called TIM-21 becomes the target of a galaxy-wide pursuit when it’s believed he may hold the key to the destruction of the galaxy. TIM-21 bands with a rag-tag group of unlikely companions and goes on the run from one exotic planet to the next, with new foes advancing at every turn.

Sony picked up the rights to Descender almost exactly a year ago.

Columbia executives Palak Patel and Eric Fineman are overseeing the project for the studio.

Wigutow is just finishing adapting Brian Michael Bendis’ graphic novel Fire for producer Neal Moritz, Zac Ephron and Universal. He also recently did a rewrite on Bad Santa 2, which is currently in production in Montreal with Mark Waters at the helm.

Wigutow's previous credits include working on a Tron sequel for Disney, The Crow remake for Relativity and Lionsgate's remake of The Osterman Weekend.

He is repped by UTA, Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment and Sloane Offer.