Director Gerard McMurray joins Studio 8, Warner Bros. Exclusive: Adaptation
The filmmaker, who directed and directed a remake of, the comic book that takes place in a space in which only Black people have superpowers.
Warner Bros. is developing and distributing the adaptation of Black.
The comic was released in 2016 by Black Mask Studios, with the original series following Kareem Jenkins, who discovered his powers after being shot by police. The series was followed by the graphic novel Black [AF]: America’s Sweetheart, which centered on Eli Franklin, a young girl who becomes a superhero in order to overcome racial conflicts in America.
Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3, together with artists Jamal Igle and Khary Randolph, created the comic.
The film adaptation will focus on a young man who discovers his abilities after following a tragic crime. He soon discovers himself in the midst of a war over humanity in a world in which a secret society wants to control the empowered and their abilities.
McMurray starred in the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station, directed by his USC classmate Ryan Coogler. He was involved in studio filmmaking with The First Purge, which received $137 million worldwide on a $13 million budget. He is also attached to producing The Formula, a Netflix racecar drama starring John Boyega and Robert De Niro, as well as the Sony feature Booker.
“Gerard is a gifted storyteller who has an exceptional ability to influence every genre he approaches,” says the CEO of Studio 8. “When we saw his vision for Black, we knew he was the only one to bring this incredible comic series to the big screen.”
“Black is a bold and fresh twist on the superhero genre. I fell in love with Kwanza and Tim’s vibrant world in the comics, and I’m constantly looking to tell a story that entertains and challenges the audience at the same time. “But Black does exactly that,” McMurray said in a statement.
Robinov and John Graham will produce for Studio 8. Osajyefo and Smith will collaborate with Matteo Pizzolo of Black Mask Studio and Brett Gurewitz to lead and executive producer.
The Framework Collective and WME repped Black Mask. Matt Sugarman is represented by WME, Artists First and Gang, Tyre.