EXCLUSIVE: Endeavor Content and Wonder Woman co-writer Jason Fuchs have acquired the rights to Trespasser, the 2017 graphic novel written by Justin M. Ryan and published by Alterna Comics.
Fuchs will produce with script written by Gabe Hobson, the in-demand TV scribe who most recently was a staff writer on True Detective for Season 3 (which premieres on HBO on January 13).
The sci-fi story is set in the grim aftermath of a devastating war that has poisoned the air and ruined the food supply for most of the remaining world population. Life is a daily struggle for Hector and his daughter, Maria, but their hardscrabble routine changes when a strange visitor arrives in a fiery crash in the forest near their remote home. Confronting the mystery of the outsider, the desperate father goes to unspeakable lengths to protect his child.
Although details of the pitch are under wraps, Hobson’s adaptation is described as a contained genre thriller in the same vein as A Quiet Place, the $17 million April release from Paramount that scared up $341 million in global box office.
Fuchs is currently writing Robotech for Sony, an adaptation of the classic 1980s anime brand and sci-fi epic about Earth’s defense forces and the alien invaders that test its mettle. Fuchs is also at work on Lobo for Warner Bros, an adaptation of the DC Comics stories about a rowdy interstellar bounty hunter who resembles a beefy, biker version of Beetlejuice.
Fuch is also fresh off the sale of Mo Mandel’s half-hour animated comedy 2051, which he will executive produce for Amazon. Fuchs is repped by WME and Brookside Artist Management.
Hobson, among other projects, is developing an HBO pilot he is co-writing with Emmy-nominee Alec Berg. Hobson is also repped by WME.
Trespasser was originally published in 2016 as a four-issue digital series available for download through Amazon’s Comixology portal. The following year, Ryan launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a trade paperback version that collected all four of the original digital issues.
In the Kickstarter project description, Ryan said the inspiration for Trespassers came to him in the form of a single mental image: an alien caught in the jaws of bear trap.
The resulting dark tale evokes elements of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial but the action is driven by a post-apocaylptic parenting themes of The Road. The story of the Ramos family is the first published comic book work by Ryan, a Florida writer who worked with Argentinian illustrator Kristian Rossi on the graphic novel.
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