'Black' Comic Book Movie Coming From Studio 8 and Black Mask
Studio 8 is looking for the next big-screen superhero.
The studio is teaming with filmmaker Seith Mann and comic book creators Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal Igle and Khary Randolph to adapt the comic book Black.
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Black — also known as Black [AF] — debuted in 2016 from indie publisher Black Mask Studios and centers around a simple concept: Superpowers exist, but the only people who have them are black. The original series followed Kareem Jenkins, who discovered his powers after being shot by police. A subsequent graphic novel called Black [AF]: America’s Sweetheart focused on Eli Franklin, a young girl who works to become the world’s first superhero in an attempt to bring America closer together and bridge racial divides.
Both the original Black and Black [AF]: America’s Sweetheart are set to be developed, with Studio 8 looking to create a “Black-verse” of interconnected movies.
Mann, who has directed episodes of The Walking Dead, The Wire and Friday Night Lights, will adapt the independent comic book property as a potential franchise for the studio founded by former Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov. Osajyefo and Smith, who created the property, will co-produce the movie adaptation, with Black Mask Studios’ Matteo Pizzolo onboard as producer. Guy Danella and Rich Rajani will oversee for Studio 8.
Black [AF]: Widows and Orphans, a new comic book series created by Osajyefo and Smith, launches this week.
Mann is repped by CAA.
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