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Warner Bros. and 'Harry Potter' Producer to Adapt 'Nonplayer' Comic

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August 4, 2011
Source: Variety

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Now that they're finished with the Harry Potter franchise (which is making a big push for a Best Picture nod), Warner Bros. and producer David Heyman are setting up another fantasy series. Variety reports the collaborators are working with The Ring producer Roy Lee on an adaptation of Nate Simpson's comic book Nonplayer from Image Comics. The first six issues of the comic went on sale in April with a story that blends sci-fi and fantasy as it follows 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.

In this fantasy world she slays the wife of celebrity game character King Heremoth, and her fame seems all but guaranteed until the game spins totally out of control. The project, which almost seems like it could easily be a World of Warcraft film, is being developed as a potential tentpole and with the high concept and futuristic fantasy settings, it's sure to be a big budget endeavor. It'll be hard to measure up to something like Harry Potter, but with Heyman on board, he's sure to get the right team together to bring this comic to life in an epic way on the big screen.

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  • The artwork in the comic is super good, the colours and designs of everything in the everyday world is great, the fantasy world looks like any other and I wasn't so into that side of it apart from the bright colouring which is very different to all that boring dark heavy metal looking style from World of Warcraft and many others. I think this was a personal project from Nate Simpson, creator owned and developed. His drawings are amazing too. I often check his blog out. http://projectwaldo.blogspot.com/
  • yea, kicks ass!! Ive learned a lot about making comics from this guys blog. this was totally a personal passion project and cool of him to teach what he learned along the way. REALLY COOL to see it getting picked up for adaptation.
  • Tom Edison
    Only the first issue of the comic is actually on shelves, not six. It is a planned six issue run but each issue will take months, if not a year each, to come out. As much as I'd like to see a film of Nonplayer be made, I think this is nothing more than the producers purchasing the material rights. He did poll for fun on his site on potenial actresses for the lead. Among them were: Felicia Day, Karen Gillian and leading the poll, Emma Watson.

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