This news is so delicious I feared I might be dreaming.
THR reports that Fox Animation has won a bidding battle for the rights to turn the webcomic-turned-graphic novel Nimona into a movie. For those unfamiliar with the comic, it’s the original and genre-bending creation of rising artist and fearless feminist Noelle Stevenson, whose also contributed to the new Thor series.
Named for it’s red-headed shapeshifter, Nimona follows a spirited wanna-be villain and her mentor Lord Ballister Blackheart, a once glorious knight turned bitter, robot-armed mad scientist. It’s fantasy meets sci-fi with unexpected twists and willfully silly humor. It’s also a New York Times bestseller. And in a few years, it could be our favorite movie if Fox plays their cards right.
For now, things are looking good. Fox can afford to make Nimona and its titular heroe’s shape-shifting something suitably spectacular. Marc Haimes, the writer of Laika’s next project Kubo and the Two Strings, is on board to pen the screenplay. And to helm, they’ve gotten “Feast” director Patrick Osborne. Remember “Feast”?
Stevenson is quickly becoming a tastemaker in Hollywood, as Nimona isn’t the only one of her projects to get optioned.
Last month 20th Century Fox bought the rights to Lumberjanes, a comic that follows five female campers as they battle supernatural beasts! Stevenson collaborated on the acclaimed comic with fellow female artists Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis and Brooke A. Allen, and Fox is now on the hunt for a female director to helm while Will Widger (whose won notice for his Black List script The Munchkin) bangs out the screenplay.
More good news: Lumberjanes’ movie will be live-action. Meaning that if the studio stays loyal to the source material—which contains a diverse cross-section of how to girl—we’ll see some much craved variety in representation coming to theaters and aimed to please audiences young and old.
Basically, Noelle Stevenson is becoming a big damn deal. And that’s good news for the lot of us.