Robert Kirkman’s Invincible gets green light at Amazon

Invincible. Photo: Skybound/Image/Amazon
Invincible. Photo: Skybound/Image/Amazon /

Amazon announced that it has given the green light to Robert Kirkman’s first project as part of his deal with the streaming service, bringing Invincible to life.

Invincible has long been one of Robert Kirkman’s favorite projects, and now he has a chance to bring it to life as part of his deal with Amazon. The streaming giant announced plans for an adult animated series based on Invincible, which is also being made into a feature film at Universal with Seth Rogen writing and producing.

Invincible ran over 15 years before coming to an end in February 2018. Kirkman and co-creator Cory Walker and artist Ryan Ottley will now have a chance to bring the show to life in an eight-episode deal at Amazon. Instead of going live action, the show will be an animated series geared toward adults, which only serves to increase the level of creativity for the showrunners since animation offers much more freedom than live action shows.

Kirkman is thrilled about the move: “To know our characters will live on in multiple iterations in other media is almost too exciting to bear! What Amazon is allowing us to do in animated form is nothing short of ground-breaking, and I can’t wait for our rabid fan base to experience it!”

For those not familiar with Invincible, here’s a synopsis from Skybound:

"From Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker and based on the Skybound / Image comic of the same name, Invincible is an adult animated superhero show that revolves around Mark Grayson, a normal teenager except for the fact that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet. Shortly after his seventeenth birthday, Mark begins to develop powers of his own and enters into his father’s tutelage. The series is suspenseful, action-filled, and emotion-packed, yet builds upon poignant and heartwarming moments of love, friendship, and humanity."

This is just the beginning of the collaboration between Kirkman and Amazon, and many fans have wondered whether this new deal will allow him to tell new stories within his Walking Dead universe without the constraints of network television. Amazon would be the kind of platform to allow the full grittiness of the zombie apocalypse to come to life in all its unedited and uncensored glory, but the question is whether or not Kirkman plans to bring zombies to Amazon or move on to new projects.

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Kirkman’s Amazon deal offers the creator a blank canvas to work with, and the Invincible project is the first of many more to come. Time will tell how that shapes up as Kirkman moves away from AMC and into his new home.