NIMONA Adaptation in the Works at Fox Animation From the Director of FEAST

     June 11, 2015


nimona-unhand-that-science-sliceAw, hell yes! Let the reign of Noelle Stevenson commence. Fresh off the news that Lumberjanes is getting a live-action movie at 20th Century Fox, THR reports that Stevenson’s solo comic Nimona is also headed for an adaptation. Pardon me while I pause for a happy dance. Patrick Osborne, director of the Oscar-winning short film Feast, is set to helm from a script by studio executive-turned-screenwriter Marc Haimes. Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Adam Stone are on board to produce.

Set in a world of mashup sci-fi and fantasy tropes, Nimona centers on the spunky title heroine, a shape-shifting troublemaker and sidekick to Lord Ballister Blackheart, a one-armed supervillain with a vendetta against the the Institution that spurned him. Together, the duo commits all kinds of acts of villainy against Ballister’s nemesis Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics, who aren’t the shiny heroes they seem.


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The relationship between Ballister and Nimona, two very wounded, secretly soft-hearted people (Though sometimes she’s a shark!), is beautifully formed and quite touching at times. They’re also a ridiculous and hilarious pair, constantly up to no-good antics with Nimona’s powers yielding unpredictable, often dangerous results.

Stevenson has a wry wit and unique tone to her writing, which I imagine could be a challenge to capture. I said with Lumberjanes, I certainly hope she’s consulted on the script, because it’s absolutely Stevenson’s voice (and art) that makes Nimona such a special piece.Speaking of the art, I’m very curious to see if they keep her animation style, drawn in sketchy lines and that belie the nuanced emotionality and detail in her drawings.

Here’s the Nimona synopsis from the official HarperCollins website, you can read the first three chapters of the graphic novel here.

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.


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