Writer Daniel Corey has made a name for himself with acclaimed comic book series like Moriarty and Prophet, and we’re excited to announce that this Digital Media grad has recently closed a deal to have the latter work produced by motion picture production company Outlier, the studio behind such hits as the Twilight and Percy Jackson films.
A gritty black and white thriller about a hitman with supernatural abilities, 2009’s Prophet was Daniel’s debut as a comic author alongside frequent art collaborator Anthony Diecidue. Filmmaker James Cotten had long been in talks with Daniel about optioning his work, and the deal was finally announced before this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. We caught up with Daniel after his trip to the pop culture mecca, where he talked about the long road in bringing Prophet from the pages to the screen.
Full Sail: Prophet is your first published comic book, how long has the film deal been coming together?
DC: I first met James Cotten at a networking group here in Los Angeles, Comic Book Sunday, a monthly gathering of comic book and film professionals. He was telling me that he had directed a film called La Linea – The Line, and I gave him a copy of Prophet. He read it, and for several years we were always interested in working on it together. When he partnered with Outlier that’s when it really started becoming a reality. We got the deal worked out about a week before Comic-Con. It was a long labor of love.
FS: Has it been fun for you to be able to revisit the work again?
DC: It’s nice to get another shot at it because it was my first comic. I still love to look at it and read it, but there’s always a few things where you’re like ‘I could have done that better,’ and I can do that now. I’m going through the story and re-editing it, rewriting some of the scenes.
FS: Is there any idea when we can expect the Prophet film to hit screens?
DC: It’s real early yet to get into anything like that. I will be writing the first draft of the screenplay when the project happens, that’s one thing I can tell you. I’m happy about that.
FS: How cool is it for you to stop and look back on the evolution of this project since you first got the idea?
DC: We started working on the comic in 2007, I met James in 2009, and now it’s 2013 and the movie option has been announced. It’s all about doing the work and meeting the right people.