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    It had to happen sooner or later:
    Warner Bros. has purchased the rights to Nate Simpson's Image comic book series Nonplayer, Variety reports.

    A six issue miniseries, Nonplayer launched this past May with Simpson supplying both the art and the story. He describes the tale as follows on his official site:

    Mid-21st century America doesn't have much to offer Dana Stevens, but there's plenty for her to live for inside Warriors of Jarvath, the world's most popular full-immersion online game. In the real world, she's a tamale delivery girl who still lives with her mom, but inside the game she's an elite assassin. When she gets the drop on King Heremoth, a celebrity non-player character, she thinks she's finally got a shot at fame. But when she slays Queen Fendra, the King's reaction is disconcertingly realistic. Something's amiss in Jarvath, and the effects may reverberate well beyond the boundaries of the game.

    David Heyman, best known for producing the Harry Potter films, is attached to produce alongside Roy Lee (The Ring, The Departed) with the project being eyed as a potential studio tentpole.

    Read more: Warner Bros. Takes Nonplayer - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=80698#ixzz1U69pfMee
    Nicely done, buddy!
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2011
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    That's great, where's issue 2.
    • CommentAuthorOrpheus
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2011
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    @Beamish - Second.

    It took a year in all to create the first issue... I'd rather it not wait another...

    If it DOES make it to the big screen, 'rotoscoping' would be my chosen delivery. Remember Scanner Darkly?
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    NONPLAYER will take as long as it takes. You are entitled to nothing but choosing whether or not to buy subsequent issues when they are completed to Nate's satisfaction.

    I happen to be acquainted with a couple of people on Heyman's team, and have high hopes for this.
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      CommentAuthorscs
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2011
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    NONPLAYER will take as long as it takes. You are entitled to nothing but choosing whether or not to buy subsequent issues when they are completed to Nate's satisfaction.
    Very true. Did I get my money's worth out of 'Nonplayer 1?' Yep. Knowing that it's going to be months and months between issues, will I be picking up the rest? Probably not. Unlike George Martin, Nate Simpson hasn't established a track record of finishing things. Nonplayer will take as long as it takes, and I'll wait as long as it takes. When the whole story is there, I will be too.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2011
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    Warren, I do not feel entitled and am sorry if that read judgemental, I am genuinely curious of it's status. Nate was forthcoming in the first issue explaining that he is working hard to produce the next and that it may take some time, and judging by how detailed the first was I have no doubt that he has every intention of creating an even better comic, and I will be pre-ordering it as soon as it is announced. I have never felt entitled to any entertainment, I just like staying excited and would rather have a high quality product over one that is rushed.
    • CommentAuthorOrpheus
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2011
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    @warren I quite agree, much rather wait for the fully formed article.

    Its just the combination of themes, story and artwork have caught me like heroin. And so i shall shiver and tremble until the next dose.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2011
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    Can the film look as good as the comic? I'm skeptical.
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      CommentAuthorCorey Waits
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2011 edited
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    @Orpheus
    I'm not really sure about the rotoscoping idea - I tend to think it takes away a lot of details, whereas the comic is hyper-detailed. Using it to differentiate between the in-game and out-of-game could work in theory, but I think it would be too jarring in practice.

    I'm wondering if Nate has a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff lying around that sold them on the idea, or if they were so taken with the first issue they just had to have the rights?
  3.  (10112.10)
    To be fair, I felt it was equally premature when series like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Kick Ass were optioned prior to completing their initial stories. News is The Vault has also been optioned with only one issue out as well, so we could be entering another round of the comics option lottery if the options are of significant size. I don't let that change my view of the source material or its creator, it's just the way film and TV work.

    The big plus side of this for those troubled by the news; a decent sized option could allow Nate the financial freedom to spend more time on the comic even if the rights end up reverting after a few years of development and a film is never made.

    ~R
  4.  (10112.11)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    <blockquote>NONPLAYER will take as long as it takes. You are entitled to nothing but choosing whether or not to buy subsequent issues when they are completed to Nate's satisfaction.

    I happen to be acquainted with a couple of people on Heyman's team, and have high hopes for this.</blockquote>

    Another way of looking at it is that if we are expected to finance the story boarding of yet another movie pitch we could at least be extended the courtesy of a publication schedule.
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      CommentAuthorwarrenellis
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2011 edited
     (10112.12)
    Thread closed. Excessive fuckwittery.