In a preemptive bid, New Line Cinema has acquired the sci-fi action-comedy pitch “Planet Terry” by comic creator Rob Liefeld in a deal valued at mid-six against seven figures.
Liefeld is the co-founder of Image Comics, the third largest publisher after D.C. and Marvel, publishing books like “Invincible” and “Wildguard.” He founded the X-Force franchise for Marvel Comics.
“Planet Terry” concerns a middle-aged family man in extraordinary circumstances in the vein of pics like “Liar Liar” and “Bruce Almighty.”
Project was to be Liefeld’s next online comic series, following the sale of his previous online series “Shrink!,” which Jennifer Lopez is both producing via her Nuyorican shingle and attached to topline for Columbia Pictures.
Project was brought in by creative exec Keith Goldberg, who sparked to the storyline in a general meeting with Liefeld and his manager Brooklyn Weaver of Energy. Goldberg will oversee development for the studio, along with Michele Weiss and Kent Alterman.
Producing deals for Liefeld and for Weaver are currently being negotiated.
Other Liefeld feature projects include “The Mark,” with Will Smith attached to star, and “Galaxy Girl” — both set up at Paramount.
“Planet Terry” marks Weaver’s second collaboration with New Line; he’s also exec producing “The Number 23,” written by Fernley Phillips.