On Saturday Robert Kirkman, the creator of “Invincible” and executive producer for the upcoming live-action movie adaptation, talked to fans at New York Comic Con about what they can expect in the film. Robert was joined by actor Greg Grunberg (who plays Dr. McNinja) and moderator Kevin Smith (host of AMC’s Geeking Out). The event began with a full panel discussion on Robert’s process for writing comics, from inception to completion including an explanation of how he manages to juggle multiple projects simultaneously.
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I am writing about Robert Kirkman. He has had a big effect on comics. I can’t say more. The co-creator of “The Walking Dead” and other hit books has become successful in recent years. He is famous because he created comics that are popular. People make movies based on his comics, too. Kirkman is a storyteller who can make people’s imaginations come to life. He also does this when he talks at conventions.
“Holy crap, here we are again. Another virtual Comic-Con. Didn’t think we’d be doing this again this year, did you? What a year it has been,” Kirkman said. “I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the last year or so has been kind of rough. Hope we’re all doing OK. I for one am very anxious to get to go to Comic-Con again.”
Kirkman then launched into some quick mentions of all of his current ongoing work, from the “Rick Grimes 2000” Walking Dead side story he’s telling in the Skybound X anthology to the success of Invincible on Amazon Prime to wrapping up his sci-fi comic Oblivion Song and continuing his martial arts fantasy Fire Power. There was also, of course, talk of The Walking Dead, which wraps up its AMC run with its 11th season later this year. Kirkman made a comic book series. Though it is over, he promised that there will be other things coming..
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There will be more Walking Dead to come. There are comics and a young adult graphic novel about Clementine coming out. They are both about the same character as in the Telltale Games Walking Dead game.
Then it was time to take questions submitted by fans. While fielding a question about the developing Oblivion Song movie, Kirkman reflected not just on that film’s progress, but on the progress of various projects, by commenting on the nature of film and TV development, and why fans don’t get to hear every single update.
“I wish I could tell you everything, but every now and then something really exciting happens, and then it goes away. If we were constantly updating everyone on everything that happened behind the scenes that would be very frustrating for everyone.” Kirkman said. “So that’s why we can’t do that, so we’ve gotta wait until things are solid, moving forward, a little bit closer to actually happening before we can actually reveal things. That’s why things are in development for so long sometimes.”
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“I’m involved in the show, and I like new ideas, and so I’m hoping that we’ll have some new storylines here and there that we’re able to weave in that are completely original to the show,” Kirkman said.
Moving away from direct adaptations of his own comics, Kirkman also received a question about Renfield, the Universal Pictures monster movie he’s developing alongside writer Ryan Ridley and director Chis McKay. Though the question was specifically about whether or not Renfield’s master, Dracula, will have a role to play. Kirkman ended up using it to lay out the central conflict of the story while also confirming that, yes, the legendary Count is in the film.
“The whole plot is that Renfield is Dracula’s servant and decides that he doesn’t want to be his servant anymore, and it’s that conflict that kind of drives the story,” he said. “So yeah, Dracula’s actually a big part of the movie.”
Is really Invincible movie still in development assured by Robert Kirkman?
Recently, Robert Kirkman was interviewed. He said that the movie is in development. The creator stated that their plan has not changed, but they are just taking a long time. He noted that they have been “fortunate enough” to have a two-track plan with Invincible. Kirkman mentioned that they have currently got the animated series at Amazon, which is now on the cusp of launching, and that they are also still developing it as a film series with Universal Pictures, with Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg attached.
Robert Kirkman said that those two things are still happening at the same time, which he guesses is a bit weird. He mentioned there have been Spider-Man animated series and movies at the same time. So, he thinks they are in good company with the animated series and Invincible movie coming up together.