‘Harry Potter’ Director Asks: ‘Who Is Jake Ellis?’

Who is Jake Ellis? Looks like you’re about to find out.

The Hollywood Reporter has the news that longtime “Harry Potter” director David Yates is attached to direct an adaptation of the comic book “Who is Jake Ellis?” for 20th Century Fox. The comic was written by Nathan Edmondson and illustrated by Tonci Zonjic, following the exploits of Jon, a mercenary on the lam, and his mysterious accomplice Jake Ellis, a man that only Jon can see.

“Who is Jake Ellis?” spawned a sequel, “Where is Jake Ellis?,” with two issues remaining to be published.

According to THR’s report, even with Yates attached, a writer is not in place for the film. The filmmaker is currently getting set to direct “Tarzan” at Warner Bros., with Alexander Skarsgard in the lead role and Chrisoph Waltz cast as the film’s antagonist. Production begins early next year.

The announcement marks the first one we’ve seen from a non-“Walking Dead” Image title in a while. Of course that series is immensely popular and prepping a spinoff in addition to its fourth season premiere. Other than that, Image Comics’ “Chew” is continuing its slow journey from the printed page to an animated series.

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