The Image Comics/Top Cow Productions comic book series Eclipse by created by writer Zack Kaplan and artist Giovanni Timpano has been optioned for television by Skybound Entertainment.
The series, which first launched in September 2016, was Kaplan’s first published work and an immediate hit with readers and critics alike. The sci-fi series follows a near-future where the sun’s rays have become lethal, instantly burning anyone caught in its light. With humanity driven underground, a NYC cop pursues a new serial killer using the sun as his murder weapon to deadly effect.
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“Eclipse is a story that mixes post-apocalyptic and dystopian into a thrilling big world action drama, and explores the human condition while asking the question what if our life-giving sun turned on us,” explained Kaplan in a statement with Deadline. “It’s my first comic series, it’s a passion project, and I’m so grateful to Top Cow’s Matt Hawkins and Marc Silvestri for believing in this great comic from the start, and I’m thrilled to see it developed by the best home in the business to marry comics with TV, and that’s Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment.”
Top Cow President Matt Hawkins along with founder and CEO Marc Silvestri are attached to the project as executive producers while Kaplan will co-executive produce. Eclipse is the second Kaplan-penned comic book series optioned for television after his series The Lost City Explorers, co-created with artist Alvaro Sarraseca and published through AfterShock Comics, was optioned earlier this month by Universal Television.
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Skybound Entertainment is a multimedia entertainment company founded by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and producer David Alpert in 2010 initially as an imprint for Kirkman’s creator-owned comics published through Image Comics as well as producing the adaptation of the popular survival horror comic book with AMC. Since then, the company has gone on to produce comics by other creators, merchandise, games, and additional television series and feature films.
In the meantime, fans can look for Eclipse to kick off its third story arc with Eclipse #9 written by Zack Kaplan with art by Giovanni Timpano out on August 1 through Image Comics/Top Cow Productions.