Amazon Studios agreed to a first-look agreement with Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment and an overall deal with Kirkman himself, who’d previously held an overall agreement with AMC.
Kirkman and Skybound Entertainment will develop television programs exclusively on Amazon’s Prime Video, which is expanding its horror, fantasy, and sci-fi programming.
Kirkman is best known for creating The Walking Dead comic book series, which was adapted into the AMC series that is the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time and is the number one show on television in the 18-49 demo. Other notable works include an adaption of his comic book series Outcast on Cinemax, Invincible is being developed into a movie, which Kirkman will produce and be written, directed and produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for Universal Pictures. Another series, Air featuring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus was developed in 2005.
This agreement comes just days after competitor Netflix announced its acquisition of Millarworld, the comics imprint created by Mark Millar, which includes series such as Kick-Ass, Kingsman, Jupiter’s Legacy, Huck, and Reborn.
So what titles does Skybound Entertainment own?
• The Astounding Wolf-Man
• Battle Pope
• Dead Body Road
• Guardians of the Globe
• Green Valley
• Heroes and Villains: The History of Comics
• The Infinite
• Kill the Minotaur
• Lies Within
• Manifest Destiny
• Science Dog
• Super Dinosaur
• Tech Jacket
• Thief of Thieves
• The Walking Dead
• Witch Doctor
Looking ahead at which of these titles will be produced into shows, the first would likely be the long-running Invincible series, though they might wait to develop it until after the movie is released before moving forward with it, with the hopes that the movie doesn’t bust, much like the recently released The Dark Tower, which bombed at the box office and plans to move forward with sequels and/or TV shows are likely to be pushed back.
Despite only being four issues into the series, Redneck is doing well in the comic book community and would make for a great TV series.
Manifest Destiny and Birthright are also well-established, newer series that would translate into great TV programming.
Witch Doctor, which was a sales and a critical success for Skybound, with both great reviews and sales to match it.
So, if you’re looking to get in on any of these series before they become big, what are the highest priced issues of Skybound Entertainment (not including TWD)?
Invincible #1 – $380 (9.4)
Manifest Destiny #8B – $100
Birthright #1D – $45
Redneck #1A, 1B, 1F – $40
Outcast #1F – $20