‘Deadpool’ Creator Rob Liefeld’s ‘Prophet’ Acquired by Studio 8

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Studio 8 has secured the rights to Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld’s Image Comics character, “Prophet,” the company announced Wednesday.

Studio 8 plans to build a franchise around title character, John Prophet, a DNA enhanced super-soldier placed into a cryogenic freeze for a future mission only to awaken in the wrong time (current time) searching for a mission that does not exist. Pitched as very much the anti-Captain America across the board. He’s a ruthless berserker that must find his humanity.

Liefeld, Adrian Askarieh (“Hitman,” “Hitman: Agent 47”) and Brooklyn Weaver (“Run All Night,” “Out of the Furnace”) will produce.

“Prophet” exploded out of the pages of another Liefeld bestseller, “Youngblood,” catching fire with fans, John Prophet was awarded his own popular showcase, launching a series of his own in 1993. Prophet achieved critical acclaim as well as crossing over for a historic team up with Liefeld’s popular Marvel creation, Cable in a definitive storyline.

Liefeld has created over 150 comics characters, most notably Marvel’s “Deadpool,” “Cable,” “Domino” and “X-Force,” played by Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz in “Deadpool 2.” The “Deadpool” film franchise has made over 1.5 billion dollars in just 2 movies, and Marvel’s “X-Force,” is also being developed into a film at Fox, written and to be directed by Drew Goddard. Liefeld signed a rights deal with Netflix in March 2018.

John Graham & Guy Danella are overseeing for Studio 8.

Liefeld is represented by WME, Energy Entertainment and Attorney Greg Gellman. Adrian Askarieh is represented by attorney Peter Grossman. Brooklyn Weaver is represented by Jeff Frankel and Scott Whitehead.

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