92-year-old Alejandro Jodorowsky is handing over his legendary 1970s graphic novel The Incal to Taika Waititi to bring it to the screen.

Many have never heard of it. Those that know it, tend to consider it one of the greatest sci-fi comics ever. The Incal started out as the work Jodorowsky and artist Moebius (aka Jean Giraud) put into their adaptation of Dune which, famously, never made it to the screen.

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They adapted their vision and designs to create an epic space opera blending a fantastical intergalactic voyage, science, technology, political intrigues, conspiracies, messianism, mysticism, poetry,  debauchery, love stories, and satire.

Originally published in installments between 1980 and 1988 in the French magazine Métal Hurlant, and followed by Before the Incal (1988–1995, with Zoran Janjetov), After the Incal (2000, with Jean Giraud), and Final Incal (2008–2014, with José Ladrönn), it then led to the spin-off series MetabaronsThe Technopriests, and Megalex.

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The Incal follows a private investigator named John Difool who lives in a dystopian city. He becomes caught up in a galaxy-spanning conspiracy involving a mystical artifact with multiple factions across the galaxy vying to obtain its power, including the Church of Industrial Saints, commonly referred to as the Technopriests.

The publisher, Humanoids, has released a video announcement featuring Jodorowsky handing over to Waititi and giving the director his support. Jemaine Clement and Peter Warren will also work on the script. The first draft of the film’s script is expected around the new year.

Waititi has post-production on Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder to complete first.

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