Par buys rights to Kirkman superhero comic

Paramount Pictures has bought film rights to Robert Kirkman’s teen-superhero comic “Invincible” and set up the potential franchise starter with Paramount-based Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Circle of Confusion.

Kirkman has been tapped to pen the story, based on the bestselling Image Comics series about the coming of age of teen Mark Grayson, son of the world’s most powerful superhero.

It’s the first screenplay for Kirkman, who recently signed an overall deal with Marvel and was nommed last year for an Eisner Award for best new series. The story will focus on the father/son dynamic during the time that the son, who appears to be a normal teen, begins to exhibit his father’s powers.

Di Bonaventura and Circle of Confusion partner David Alpert will produce and Circle’s Lawrence Mattis, Jason Lust and David Engel will exec produce.

Erik Howsam, Di Bonaventura’s VP, brought the material into the company and will oversee the project for the shingle. Paramount VP of production Matt Jackson and creative exec Eben Davidson will shepherd for the studio.

Di Bonaventura is a producer on Warner’s “Constantine” and Universal’s “Doom,” due out this summer. Circle of Confusion is producing “Magic Kingdom for Sale” and “Jinx” at Universal and “Awful End” at Warner Bros.

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