Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Nonplayer Goes Hollywood

The cat's out of the bag: Nonplayer has been picked up by Warner Bros.!

From Variety:

Warner Bros. has acquired feature film rights to Nate Simpson's comicbook "Nonplayer" from publisher Image Comics and has set up the potential tentpole project with producers Roy Lee ("The Ring") and David Heyman (the "Harry Potter" series).
"Nonplayer" is a sci-fi/fantasy story about Dana Stevens, a brilliant young woman who retreats from the dismal workaday world of the future into the digital fantasy realm of Jarvath, where she's a fearless warrior.
First of six issues went on sale in April.
Prior to "Nonplayer," Simpson worked as a videogame concept artist.
Heyman most recently produced WB's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," which has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide since opening last month. He's in production on Alfonso Cuaron's Sandra Bullock starrer "Gravity," which WB recently skedded for release on Nov. 21, 2012.
Lee recently produced Lionsgate's upcoming Taylor Lautner thriller "Abduction" and served as an exec producer on CBS Films' Daniel Radcliffe starrer "The Woman in Black." He's developing a remake of the South Korean classic "Oldboy" for Mandate Pictures.

In other news, my interview with Ben Peirce over at the NEAR MINTerview podcast went up today. If you're interested in hearing the details about how Nonplayer evolved from pictures on a blog into a full-on Image comic, you may find our chat illuminating! We also talk about the reasons for the issue 2 delay, as well as what's being done to get it finished. Plus lots of other stuff. Thanks for the great interview, Ben!

9 comments:

  1. congrats man! One issue on the table and already an Manning Award and a movie?!? Props man! Amazing and well deserved!

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  2. First off great first issue and good job on the getting the movie deal,

    BUT

    Are you pulling a Mark Millar? Once you go big you can't be bothered with finishing a 6 issue mini series (see Kick Ass).

    Also, money is king, but for yourself and comic fans alike, try to throw your creative weight around to keep the story what you want. "The Surrogates" is one of the coolest GN I've ever read, but the movie was garbage and did not help represent what good comic movies are.

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  3. You do one issue and get optioned for a movie?

    Hollywood doesn't play around anymore. I gotta make one issue and win a bunch of damn awards.

    I also bought the first issue. Hurray for supporting you with money.

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  4. tuUcan - Thanks man! I'm doing my best to feel like I deserve all of that stuff. I think it'll all feel a lot more legit once the whole series is complete.

    Ted - I can be very bothered with finishing the series -- it is in fact the only thing I do when I'm awake. The slow release schedule is not a product of laziness, it's a consequence of attempting to maintain a high standard of quality with both the writing and the artwork. I hope you'll be happy with the results!

    As for having an effect on the way a film adaptation develops, I technically have no influence at all. That said, the production company seems enthusiastic about keeping me involved creatively, so I think we're in pretty good shape at the moment.

    Michael - You SHOULD make an issue and win a bunch of damn awards! After all, the radness of your work continues to increase. Get to it, Michael! And thanks for picking up my comic! I hope you liked it...

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  5. From concept artist, to producing your own comic, to being picked up by WB, very very inspiring story. Hope to follow in your footsteps :) (one third there lol)
    I'm very excited to follow the growth of Nonplayer from paper to screen!
    Wish you all the best Nate!

    www.ogigrujic.com

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  6. Hey, it's been 6 months! What's going on?

    I hope things are still moving, I don't want this comic to disappear under the rug. It must, like all good stories, see the light of day! Please continue, and please give your loyal fans a couple bones to chew on in the meantime.

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  7. Ogi - Looks like you're well on the way! Best of luck to you.

    Rob - The second issue is getting very close. I've got a day job now, so I'm only able to move forward during my free time. But it'll get there! Thanks for the kind words.

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  8. I was going through my comics today and saw Nonplayer issue 1. Reminded me on how talented you are. I hope we see more one day.

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  9. Hmm. I loved the first issue of this. Disappointed that issue two (allegedly nearly done in March of this year) has not materialized. Perhaps WB has put on the brakes until movie release? Publicity thing? If so, very sad.

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