The Imagine Agents film has brought in Richie Keen from the Ice Cube and Charlie Day comedy Fist Fight to direct the comic-book adaptation for 20th Century Fox. Imagine Agents tells the story of an organization that investigates cases dealing with imaginary friends, and none other than Bat[Bird]man himself, Michael Keaton is signed on to produce and star in the film.
Shawn Levy, the director-producer behind Stranger Things and the Night at the Museum movies, has joined the project as a producer with a production team that includes Michael Sugar and Boom! Studios’ Ross Richie. Adam Yoelin is overseeing the project for Boom!. The film’s most recent script draft came from Simon Rich, best known for the Oscar-winning Pixar hit Inside Out.
Keen has had a ton of experience working in TV on such series as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Mick, which suggests his ability to skew to adult-oriented comedy will give enough for older crowds who come to Imagine Agents. Toss in the fact that Shawn Levy, whose ability to work with child actors and craft solid kid-friendly fair like the Museum movies and Real Steel (not to mention the phenomenal Stranger Things) and this team could be delivering something special.
The comic, published in 2013, was created by writer Brian Joines and artist Bachan. The comic tackles the idea that the imaginary friends of children are actually very real and centers on an organization titled I.M.A.G.I.N.E. A jaded 20-year veteran agent who must mentor a young archivist, with a routine day becoming something much larger. When a vengeful imaginary friend materializes in the real world and kidnaps both a young boy and his imaginary friend, the boy’s mother, jaded vet, and young archivist must work together to rescue him. The son, meanwhile, realizes he has to save the world from an invasion of imaginary friends who have become very real.
There is no release date for Imagine Agents at the moment but look for 20th Century Fox to start production very soon.
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