Amazon Studios has given the green light to “Invincible,” an hour-long animated series from “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman.
The eight-episode series is based on Kirkman’s comic books of the same name, co-created with Cory Walker and illustrated by artist Ryan Ottley, which published its final issue in February after 15 years.
“Robert has an uncanny talent to predict the zeitgeist, and we are incredibly excited to see him break boundaries in an animated one-hour format,” said Amazon Studios head of scripted genre programming Sharon Yguado in a press release.
“In a world saturated with superhero fare, we trust Robert to subvert expectations while encapsulating a story filled with heart and adrenaline. We love his ambitious plan for the show and believe it will look like nothing else on television,” she continued.
Kirkman signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios last year, along with his production company Skybound Entertainment, to create new television projects for the streaming platform.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the series Cory Walker, Ryan Ottley and I did together for over 15 years,” Kirkman added. “To know our characters will live on in multiple iterations in other media is almost too exciting to bear! What Amazon is allowing us to do in animated form is nothing short of ground-breaking, and I can’t wait for our rabid fan base to experience it!”
“Invincible” is all about normal teenager Mark Grayson — well, normal save the fact that his dad is the most powerful superhero on the planet. After he turns 17, Mark begins to develop powers of his own.
The series is produced by Skybound, with “Teen Titans” alum Simon Racioppa as showrunner. Kirkman will executive produce along with Racioppa, David Alpert (“The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead”), and Catherine Winder (“,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) with supervising directors Justin & Chris Copeland (“Avengers Assemble,” “Ultimate Spider-Man”).
“Invincible” is also in development separately as a movie written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.