With the recent hiring of A Wrinkle in Time‘s Ava DuVernay to direct the film adaptation of Jack Kirby’s The New Gods, more crew members are being selected to work on the film. Most notably, screenwriter Kario Salem is now attached to write the screenplay and to closely collaborate with DuVernay. Salem is more commonly known as a television actor, having starred in shows like M*A*S*H and the original Hawaii Five-O, but his more recent work has been behind the camera, having done the screenplays for The Score and Chasing Mavericks.
However, for all of his experience in film and television, he has yet to work on a comic book adaptation. Therefore it is not automatically clear whether the film will stay close to the source material or deviate from it. Kirby’s series of comics centers around deities that emerged after the destruction of the world of gods from classic mythology, thus providing a strong premise that Salem and the filmmakers can use for the movie.
As the film is in its early development stage, plot details have yet to be confirmed. In addition, it is also unclear as of yet which of Kirby’s stories will be used as the basis for the movie. These details will be clarified once everything is more developed. For the time being, fans of The New Gods have a more concrete idea of what the movie will be now that Salem has been hired to write the script.
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– Mark Tan