It looks as though Robert Kirkman is gearing up for another adaptation of his work. It was announced today that New Republic Pictures will be developing a film version of Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici’s science-fiction comic Oblivion Song, with star Jake Gyllenhaal attached to produce and play the leading role. The book’s story focuses on a world where 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia disappeared in a devastating disaster known only as “Oblivion”.
Ten years after the tragic event, the government and most of the world have given up hope of recovering those lost. Enter protagonist Nathan Cole, who continues to make daily trips attempting to bring back whoever he can. Gyllenhaal’s fellow producer Riva Marker had the following to say regarding the project:
When faced with a cataclysmic event that permanently alters our lives, what would we choose to save? Just as Kirkman did with The Walking Dead and Invincible, in Oblivion Song he’s created the potential for a franchise that is profoundly entertaining, and the perfect opportunity to explore big questions we’re reckoning with globally.
Oblivion Song was previously in development at Universal before moving to New Republic Pictures. The project will also be produced by Kirkman himself, under his now-famous Skybound Entertainment banner. The comic’s creator also chimed in on the announcement:
We couldn’t be more excited to find such great partners in New Republic and Nine Stories. Both companies have a tremendous reputation for premium storytelling at the highest level, and we can’t wait to see Jake bring this character to life on the big screen. We are so fortunate to have assembled a team that is as passionate about this comic as we are.
There is currently no release date for the movie.