On Monday, Aaron Couch of the Hollywood Reporter exclusively revealed that the indie comic Black will be adapted into a film by Studio 8 and Warner Bros. Gerard McMurray, who directed 2018’s The First Purge, has been both write and direct this one.
The original comic was written by Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 with artist by Jamal Igle and Khary Randolph. It was funded via a successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2016 and distributed through Black Mask Studios.
The story takes place in a world where only Black people have superpowers. When a kid named Kareem Jenkins miraculously survives being gunned down by the police, he finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy that’s bigger and more dangerous than he could’ve possibly imagined.
Those of us who’ve read the excellent source material know that there’s the potential for a truly fantastic movie here. Gerard McMurray expressed a similar level of excitement to the Hollywood Reporter, stating:
Black is a bold and fresh spin on the superhero genre. I fell in love with the colorful world Kwanza and Tim created in the comics, and I’m excited to bring life to a story that entertains and challenges the audience at the same time. Black does just that.
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