John Ridley Tackling Comic Book Movie 'American Way' for Blumhouse

John Ridley Tackling Comic Book Movie 'American Way' for Blumhouse”

According to Deadline. the the comic's creator, John Ridley, will write and direct the film himself.

Variety has confirmed that Oscar victor John Ridley (American Crime, 12 Years a Slave) is partnering with Oscar-nominated producer Jason Blum (Get Out, Whiplash) to adapt Ridley's comic book series, The American Way: Those Above and Those Below, into a feature film.

Specifically, Ridley will be adapting the second volume of stories, known as The American Way: Those Above and Those Below, which began publication in 2017.

Created by John Ridley and illustrator Georges Jeanty, the six-issue monthly miniseries was published previous year by DC Entertainment's Vertigo label and served as a followup to their 2007 graphic novel The American Way. The project is being fast-tracked by Blumhouse. Here, he'll have an almost-unprecedented advantage over other auteurs in his field, shepherding his story from conception, to page, to bookstores, then back to page, and onward to the screen. The original dealt with the creation of a team of '60s superheroes called The Civil Defense Corps, each with special powers but also a specific ethnic makeup created to make segments of the American population feel safe and represented.

The sequel series, Those Above and Those Below, picked up the narrative ten years later, finding the world having turned its back on superheroes as a concept. A lot of them have retired from public life, though Jason Fisher - the hero once known as New American - continues to operate in the open.

In addition to co-creating and writing The American Way, Ridley won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2013 for 12 Years a Slave and was reportedly working on a TV adaptation of an undisclosed Marvel property for ABC. We'll keep you posted as news develops.

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