Fox Animation Picks Up Hot Comic “Niomna,” With Oscar-Winning “Feast” Director To Adapt

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Fox is adapting Noelle Stevenson’s NY Times bestselling graphic novel , with a director and writer in tow. , who nabbed an Oscar last year for his adorable short Feast, will helm, based off a script penned by , who recently made a shift from studio executive to screenwriter.

Roy Lee and Adam Stone of Vertigo Entertainment will produce, news which the Tracking Board exclusively broke at the end of May, while Vertigo’s will serve as an executive producer and will oversee. and will oversee for Fox.

Nimona, which began as a free web comic that Stevenson released whilst attending the Maryland Institute College of Art, picked up immediate popularity and a devoted fanbase, spurring a print release through Harper Collins in May.

The hybrid genre series chronicles the adventures of Nimona, a exciteable, trouble-making young shapeshifter who operates as a sidekick to knight-turned-mad scientist supervillain Lord Ballister Blackheart. Together, the duo thwart Blackheart’s nemesis, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, and the despicable Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics.

The series landed a Best Digital/Web Comic nomination for the Eisner Awards, Slate Magazine‘s Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of 2012, and Io9 declared it one of the Best New and Short Webcomics of 2013.

Prior to directing his Oscar-winning short, Osborne worked as an animator on a handful of hit animated films, including Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled, and The Polar Express. Nimona will serve as his feature directorial debut.

Haimes previously served as an executive at DreamWorks and Paramount before uprooting to focus on his as a screenwriter. Haimes is currently at work re-writing Children of Paranoia for CBS and scripting the animated adventure Kubo and the Two Strings for Focus, to star Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, and Rooney Mara.

Osborne is repped by and . Haimes is repped by and .

The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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