Fox Animation lands the rights to the Harvey and Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel by ‘Lumberjanes’ creator Noelle Stevenson.
Fox Animation has landed the rights to Nimona, the Harvey and Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel by Noelle Stevenson, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.
The animated film adaptation is to be directed by Patrick Osborne, the director of Disney’s 2014 Oscar-winning short film, Feast. Osborne was also the head of animation for Big Hero 6 and worked on several other Disney projects ranging from Wreck-It Ralph to Paperman. In May, Osborne signed on to develop and produce the short film Pearl for Google’s spotlight Series.
The animated film adaptation will be written by former DreamWorks Animation executive Marc Haimes and produced by Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment alongside the company’s president of production Adam Stone. Haimes previously wrote the script for LAIKA’s Kubo and the Two Strings, which will be released in August 2016.
Nimona is a fantasy comic set in a medieval future where knights go to night clubs riding hoverboards and carrying swords. The graphic novel follows a young shape-shifter who teams up with a disgraced knight in order to reclaim his honor and overthrow a corrupt regime. Published in 2012, Stevenson wrote and drew Nimona as her thesis project at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Stevenson is also one of the creators of the graphic novel “Lumberjanes,” which Fox is also developing as a live action feature.