Almost exactly a year ago, A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay was attached to direct a movie based on Jack Kirby’s The New Gods for DC Entertainment. That project has been moving along a little slower than Marvel Studios’ comparable The Eternals movie directed by Chloé Zhao, but exciting news came from The Wrap earlier that DC Comics star writer Tom King is joining DuVernay to write the movie.
King previously wrote the critically-acclaimed and Eisner-winning 12-issue Mister Miracle mini-series along with artist Mitch Gerads, and King has been heavily involved with shaping the current run of Batman for DC Comics as well.
King isn’t the first writer to make the foray into Hollywood filmmaking, as former DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns regularly bounced back and forth between the medium, as he was involved with a number of DC Entertainment’s film and television projects. Johns most recently wrote the screenplay for next year’s Wonder Woman 1984.
Shortly after the news broke on The Wrap, DuVernay took to Twitter to confirm the collaboration with a picture of her with King.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 29, 2019
Just last week, King left his regular gig writing Batman for DC Comics with his last issue being #85, but clearly, DuVernay is a fan of King’s comics work and realizes that it would be good to have someone intimately familiar with the characters to help translate Kirby’s work to the screen.
With King and DuVernay writing that screenplay, one imagines it’s only a matter of time before we hear about some casting.
Let us know in the comments what you think of King making the jump to The New Gods movie.