In the current status of the Hollywood film industry, the field is saturated by comic book adaptations and it is evident in the recent successes of the Marvel films. Another addition to the roster is the upcoming superhero film Prophet where it is set to be helmed by Extraction director Sam Hargrave and the title character will be played by actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
In The Straits Times news, we are covering the details of the development of the upcoming comic book project.
Gyllenhaal and Hargrave will team up with Studio 8 to adapt the comic book series of Rob Liefeld who bore the same title. The movie is also set to be written by Marc Guggenheim, who is also known for his role as the writer and show creator of the titles in another successful superhero franchise, the CW’s Arrowverse.
In the movie, Gyllenhaal will play the protagonist, John Prophet. He is a destitute and reckless man who is experimented on by the Germans in the last days of World War 2.
The experiments are designed to turn him into a supersoldier that is tasked to serve as a killing machine to win the war. The character is the antithesis of the ideals that Marvel’s Captain America upholds, making him sort of the alternate Steve Rogers if he was on the Nazis’ side instead.
The supposed killing spree that he was tasked to do was halted when one of the German scientists that experimented on him had a last-minute change of heart and put him in a cryogenic slumber instead.
The film’s premise will be set in the time after he woke up in the year 1965, in which his daughter was forced to grow up resenting him and the KGB are chasing him to use his blood to replicate them to create their own killing supersoldiers.
Works on Superhero Genre
Hargrave and Gyllenhaal have both experiences in working with the superhero genre. Gyllenhaal himself played Mysterio, the villain of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in Far From Home. Hargrave on the other hand has also worked in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a stuntman in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Hargrave made a transition from doing stunts to directing his first movie Extraction starring Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth. The film was one of the most-watched original films on Netflix and a follow-up film was greenlit by the platform that is set for him to direct.
Prophet Comics Series
The comic book character of Prophet debuted first in 1992 in the Youngblood series of Image Comics, after that, he got his own series in 1993. The series ran until 2000 and was renewed in 2012 in which the character was transported to the future.
The comic book series was first set to be adapted back in 1995 but the project was shelved. The interest of adapting the character wasn’t explored until Studio 8 gained the right to the character in 2018 and now the project is in the early stages of its development.
Jeff Rovinov, CEO of Studio 8 said, “It’s been a goal of ours to work with Jake and Sam for quite some time, so we’re very excited to finally be collaborating with them on this unique, action-packed genre film. I’m looking forward to seeing what they envision for bringing this story to life, a story we’re sure will stand out in the comic book world as a powerful, emotionally charged, and visually distinctive film.”
The film adaptation of Prophet doesn’t have an announced principal photography and release date yet as the studio is recently handling other projects including an adaptation of another comic book series Black from Black Mask Studios, according to Asiaone News.