Image Comics’ 2019 science fiction/action/romance comic The New World is getting the silver screen treatment thanks to Warner Bros. and Populace. According to Deadline, Jeremy O. Harris, best known for his critically acclaimed Broadway play Slave Play, will be tackling the script for the adaptation of the graphic novel written by Aleš Kot and illustrated by Tradd Moore, Tom Muller, and Heather Moore.
The graphic novel is set in the United States after a second civil war has taken place. Two lovers (a straight-edge vegan hacker anarchist and a hedonistic cop with a reality show) go on the run. The unlikely pair soon has New California searching for them. According to Image it is a “ballistic sci-fi action romance miniseries in the vein of Mad Max and Romeo and Juliet.”
Slave Play is finishing its run at Broadway’s Golden Theater this month. The comedy-drama piece produced by Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nine Stories company, features themes of race, fetish, and the legacy of slavery in our country. In addition to The New World announcement, Harris also co-wrote Janicza Bravo’s film Zola, which is slated to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The writer’s play Daddy is also opening at London’s Almeida Theatre in March.
No release date has been announced at the time of this writing. Stay tuned for updates on the film. For more on the comic series, head over to Image Comics’ website.