Coming out of this year's Comic-Con, two of the biggest comic book creators in the industry have found new representation in Hollywood.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Neal Adams and Andy Diggle have signed with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Diggle is the current writer of "Daredevil" for Marvel and co-created the modern incarnation of "The Losers" with Jock, which was adapted into a movie earlier this year. The story notes that Diggle's exclusive contract with Marvel will expire next March and that "he intends to explore the creator-owned sphere."
Adams — who was previously represented by ICM — is one of the living legends of comics, thanks to his memorable stints on "X-Men," "Green Lantern and Green Arrow" and "Batman." More recently, Adams has been involved in the creation of the "Astonishing X-Men" motion comics and "Batman: Odyssey" for DC.
The story notes that Adams also has an extensive library of creator owned characters through his company Continuity Studios, which published comics from 1984 to 1994. Some of his most memorable creations include "Ms. Mystic," "Samuree," "Cyberad," "Crazyman" and "Megalith."
In 1992, Adams' "Bucky O'Hare" — which starred an anthropomorphic crew of interstellar freedom fighters — was adapted into a syndicated animated series.
Despite the belief by some Hollywood observers that box office disappointments like "Jonah Hex" are heralding the end of the comic book adaptation craze, a number of recent deals seem to refute that notion; including J.J. Abrams recent pick up of "Boilerplate" and Circle of Confusion's acquisition of the "Lore" rights from Ashley Wood.
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