This year's San Diego Comic-Con might be a distant memory for some (or most), but production deals are still happening. In the latest news, Paramount picked up the rights to writer-illustrator Dan LuVisi's two-year-and-a-half-in-the-making, 230-page graphic novel, Last Man Standing. According to Deadline, Paramount has purchased the rights to develop the title as a "multi-platform franchise property." As described on publisher Heavy Metal's website, Last Man Standing is less a straight-up story than a prologue and bible. Heavy Metal, owned by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, expects to expand the graphic novel into an ongoing comic-book series. Last Man Standing sold out within two hours of going on sale at Comic-Con. A new printing will be available in early September for purchase through Heavy Metal's website.
Here's what it's all about, in LuVisi's words (via geekchicdaily):
"Last Man Standing, or LMS, takes place 600 years in the future, in an alternate universe and is about Gabriel, this invincible soldier, who's been created to help win a war Earth got itself too deep into with Mars. After Gabe wins the war, he comes back down to Earth and is celebrated as this incredible hero. From there, he becomes somewhat of a celebrity, a Superman of this story, but then it all takes a quick turn. Gabriel is framed for an atrocious crime, by a terrorist organization known as Pandemonium and their leader, Dante. He is then sent to Level-9 Facility, where he'll spend the next nine years in the worst prison of all time. Once Gabriel breaks out, only then does his true story begin, and the lies and twists unravel.
"As for the entire series, it's a story of mine I've been crafting over the past two and a half years. I want it to be a graphic novel series, but start it in a non-traditional type way. Where most comics start off with a first issue, this starts off with a 230-page bible of a book, Killbook of a Bounty Hunter, that sets up the entire universe of the LMS world. But not only that, the audience gets an incredibly deep perspective on the protagonist, Gabriel, and what his plans are now that he's escaped from Level-9."
A videogame adaptation isn't mentioned in Deadline's article, but given the subject matter and set-up, a distinct possibility.
After reading LuVisi's take on Last Man Standing, are you interested in checking out the graphic novel, ongoing comic-book series, a videogame, and/or a film adaptation? I expect I'll pre-order a copy directly from the publisher in the not-too-distant future (i.e., tomorrow).