Just days after its comic book debut, the creator-owned series Wytches by Scott Snyder and Jock has been optioned as a feature film. The deal, announced Friday evening by Deadline, was made with New Regency and Brad Pitt's Plan B production company. The report states that both comic creators will serve as executive producers on the film adaptation.
In an interview earlier this year with Newsarama, Snyder describes Wytches as the"scariest" story he's ever written. The series centers on the Rook family, who move back to the wife's rural hometown after their daughter experiences a horrific incident -- but finds that the horror has followed them. Big picture-wise, Snyder says the intent of Wytches is to "reimagine" the concept of witches and wrest it away from being fairy tale villains and back into being "classic monsters."
The acquistion of Wytches is the latest in a string of comic book options for Brad Pitt's Plan B, which has proven successful for them with the two Kick-Ass movies. Plan B is also working on adaptations of Charles Burns' Black Hole and the classic manga Cobra by Buichi Terasawa. Plan B has a successful track record in movies, with Brad Pitt-led films such as Moneyball, World War Z and Troy, as well as 12 Years A Slave, The Departed and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.
That was fast. Dozens of LCSs around the country are probably raising the prices for the first issue as we speak. (That is if they have any left over.)