Imagine what America would look like if its African-American citizens had superpowers. That’s the premise of BLACK, the comic book created by Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 that was just optioned for the big screen by Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8.
Black follows Brooklyn teen Kareem Jenkins after he survives a police shooting and discovers he’s far more powerful than he realized. As Kareem connects with others who have similar powers, he uncovers a widespread global conspiracy to keep black people from knowing about their unique abilities.
Matteo Pizzolo (Calexit) is producing for Black Mask Studios, which published the initial six-issue series following a quick and successful Kickstarter campaign. Osajyefo and Smith will serve as co-producers. Studio 8’s Jon Silk brought the comic to the company and will oversee the project along with Rishi Rajani.
Studio 8 is also developing an adaptation of Timothy Truman’s comic Scout, which is another project spearheaded by Silk. The company is preparing for the release of Albert Hughes’ survival drama Alpha next year.
Attorney Matthew Sugarman negotiated the Studio 8 deal on behalf of Black Mask and the Black creators. The news was first reported by Deadline.
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