20th Century Fox is adding another comic book film adaptation to their list of projects in the form of BOOM! Studios limited-run horror series, The Empty Man.
According to Deadline, Fox has optioned the 2014 six-issue series of The Empty Man, written by Eisner Award-winner Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Vanesa R. Del Rey, for a feature film adaption. Up and coming director David Prior, who is most well-known for an array of DVD documentary work for major films, including David Fincher’s Zodiac, The Social Network, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is attached to write and helm the adaptation.
The official description for The Empty Man series is:
“It’s been one year since the first reported case of the Empty Man disease, and no drug has been able to slow its progress. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms include fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia, followed by death, or a near lifeless, “empty” state of catatonia. As murder cults rise nationwide, the FBI and CDC enter a joint investigation of the Empty Man, hoping to piece together clues to stop the cult and uncover a cure.”
The film will be produced by BOOM! Studios CEO and founder Ross Richie as well as Stephen Christy, the president of development. Adam Yoelin will co-produce along with Fox’s Mark Roybal and Ryan Jones.
The Empty Man joins a growing roster of Boom! Studios film projects in development at Fox, including James Wan’s Malignant Man, The Foundation, Imagine Agents, and Lumberjanes.