Image Comics The Strange Talent of Luther Strode is to get the big screen treatment. New production company Allnighter has snagged the rights, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Co-creators Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore will produce and are working on the screenplay. Here is the synopsis:
High schooler Luther Strode was always a little bit less than average – soft-spoken, skinny, and, more than anything, terrified that his estranged father would one day return to torment him and his mother once more. But that ended the day that Luther discovered “The Method” – an improbably old text hidden between the comic books and ragged paperbacks at his favorite used bookstore.
But The Method is far more than it seems – and, as its ancient techniques rework Luther’s body and unlock the strange talents buried deep within, he will find himself transformed into a near-perfect physical specimen imbued with incredible strength, startling new abilities…and a killer’s instinct for violence that he can’t quite seem to shake.
When The Method’s masters arrive to observe Luther’s progress and draw him into action, he’ll be forced to make the ultimate choice: embrace the monster he was intended to be…or use his newfound power to protect the people – the classmates, the teachers, the neighbors – who never protected him when he needed them the most.
Sounds intriguing. The comic itself is violent and bloody. If you were to chose one over-riding color from the palette it would probably be red. So much red!
Amada Kruse, Allnighter co-founder and partner, says it is a perfect fit:
“Allnighter is built to celebrate not just the things we love, but the artists that have something new and distinctive to say about them as well. Luther Strode‘s unique perspective is a perfect example of that mandate in action.”
Co-creator Justin Jordan added:
“Luther Strode remains one of my very favorite things I’ve ever worked on and getting the chance to bring it to a new audience as a film is exciting beyond belief. Especially since Allnighter is dedicated to staying true to all of the foundations – from the tone to the mythology, and, of course, the kinetic action exemplified by Tradd’s artwork – that people have loved about the comic.”
Will they keep it as balls out bloody and violent as the comic book? Or will the needs of a wider market drive them to tone it down?