After starring in a movie about comic book movies, Michael Keaton is now developing an actual comic book movie.
The actor, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work in Birdman in which he played an actor trying to escape his comic book hero past, is attached to star and produce Imagine Agents, an adaptation of a Boom! comic set up at Fox.
Producing along with Keaton are Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content and Ross Richie of Boom! Boom!’s Stephen Christy will exec produce with Ashley Zalta.
Fox recently closed the rights deal and is now out to writers to adapt the material.
Created by writer Brian Joines and artist Bachan, the story tackles the idea that the imaginary friends of children are actually very real and centers on an organization titled I.M.A.G.I.N.E., which handles things when these figments get out of control.
In Men In Black fashion, the comic tells of a jaded 20-year veteran agent who must mentor a young archivist, with a routine day becoming something much larger. The first issue came out in October 2013.
Adam Yoelin and Ashley Zalta will co-produce.
The move follows’ BOOM!’s Lumberjanes, a hit from its Boom Box imprint, also being set up at Fox with Will Widger (The Munchkin) writing.
Keaton has been on a roll since his acclaim for Birdman, coming on board projects ranging from prestige to franchise players. He is starring as McDonald’s co-founder Ray Kroc in The Founder, which is currently shooting. He is also attached to Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island.
Keaton is repped by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content and Ziffren Brittenham.