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Lee Daniels to Direct Superhero Comic ‘Stealth’ From ‘Walking Dead’ Creators at Universal

Upcoming comic book comes from Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri

Lee Daniels is set to direct an adaptation of an upcoming comic book called “Stealth” written by the co-creators of “The Walking Dead” comics, Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

“Stealth” is being developed at Universal and Skybound Entertainment and is based on an upcoming comic from Skybound/Image. Daniels will direct and produce from a script by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, who wrote the original “Iron Man” and “Cowboys & Aliens.”

Issue #1 of “Stealth” launches on Mar. 11, 2020, and it tells the story of a superhero and crime fighter who has been protecting Detroit for years. But now he’s taken his pursuit of justice too far. Only reporter Tony Barber knows that behind Stealth’s reckless behavior is an older man battling Alzheimer’s–his father. A father unwilling to accept that he’s no longer the hero this city needs… with enemies all too eager to force his retirement.

Mike Costa wrote the story for the comic, and the comic’s artwork is by Nate Bellegarde and Tamra Bonvillain, with a cover by Jason Howard.

Daniels will also produce along with his partner Pam Williams. Skybound’s film team, including Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst, will also produce. Universal executive vice president of production Matt Reilly will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

Daniels’ last film was 2013’s “The Butler,” and he’s currently finishing up his biopic “The United States vs. Billie Holliday” starring Andra Day.

Fergus and Ostby are represented by Gochman Law Group, PC. Daniels is represented by WME and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman L.L.P. Skybound is represented by Circle of Confusion, CAA, and KGR.

Deadline first reported the news of the project.