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Penny Arcade's 'The New Kid' Comic Getting Feature Film Treatment

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June 2, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

The New Kid

Earlier today we heard about Paramount Pictures picking up the DC Comics property The Mighty for a feature film adaptation, but this time the studio has picked up an online comic for their next animated venture. Heat Vision reports the studio has picked up the online comic The New Kid from the web comic masters as Penny Arcade. Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) will script the story which focuses on a kid who deals with the familiar predicament of being the new kid in school. But the catch is that this kid happens to be the lone Earthling in an intergalactic school full of aliens. This sounds like a family film I can get behind.

Here's the first comic from Penny Arcade introducing the premise:

The New Kid Comic

It's interesting because Gabe from Penny Arcade actually wrote about the idea of the comic itself saying, "Being the new kid is hard, being the new kid in a school full of aliens is harder. Tycho mentioned that this one could be the biggest thing we ever do and I think he’s right. My fantasy is to see Dreamworks, Disney or Nickelodeon make an animated feature or a Saturday morning cartoon out of this one. Who knows maybe they will see it and give me a call!" If the film can get the kind of success Rango pulled in for Paramount, then I'm betting we'll see them taking on even more animated fare in the future. However, their deal with DreamWorks Animation is almost up, and unless they strike a new one, they'll have to find a new source for animated fare. Interested in The New Kid?

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  • Awesome!
  • Anonymous
    I'm interested in anything these guys create!  They've had me in stitches for years.
  • Cody
    I love these guys.  Seriously, every single day starts with me checking out their comics, even on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and weekends.
  • Wesley
    Concept reminded me of Galaxy High...
  • Staatz
    Wasen't there olny one strip?
  • Lebowski
    Man it's crazy to think how far these guys have come, isn't it? If you had suggested to me in 2001 that the PA dudes would have their own games festival and charity and tv series and games and movie pitches, I would've punched you in the face.

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