Universal Pictures Lands Rights to Graphic Novel Series A VICIOUS CIRCLE

Universal Pictures Lands Rights to Graphic Novel Series A VICIOUS CIRCLE With Co-Creator Mattson Tomlin Scripting, Ryan Coogler Producing

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Universal Pictures has landed the rights to A VICIOUS CIRCLE, the genre-defining graphic storytelling event from legendary artist Lee Bermejo and acclaimed writer Mattson Tomlin, with Proximity Media and BOOM! Studios producing. 

Mattson Tomlin is set to adapt the screenplay. Ryan Coogler, Sev Ohanian and Zinzi Coogler will produce through their Proximity Media. Rebecca Cho will executive produce and oversee the project for Proximity Media along with Zetra Evans for Proximity.

Stephen Christy serves as producer on the project for BOOM! Studios, with Adam Yoelin as executive producer and Mette Norkjaer as co-producer. Universal’s Senior Vice President of Production Development Ryan Jones will oversee the project for the studio.

Shawn Thacker is a trained assassin who seeks revenge on the only other man who shares his unique affliction—each life they take forces them both to travel through time between vastly different past and future eras. Spanning from 22nd century Tokyo to 1950s New Orleans to the Cretaceous period and beyond, these two mortal rivals find themselves locked in a battle of wills that spans millions of years, all to alter the course of history… 

“Collaborating with an amazing writer and partner like Mattson Tomlin on A Vicious Circle and being allowed by BOOM! Studios to bring that vision to a reality has been one of the most creatively and personally fulfilling of my career thus far. We wanted to create a project that would take viewers on an experience they’d never seen before, and now I’m beyond thrilled to see it take on new life with the visionary folks at Proximity at a fantastic home like Universal,” said A Vicious Circle co-creator, Lee Bermejo.

“Building this world and characters with my partner Lee Bermejo and our friends at BOOM! Studios has been one of my favorite creative experiences to date. It’s rare to be given so much freedom to say what you want to say and to then see Lee bring the world to life so vividly has been a literal mindblower. I’m so psyched to have the chance to watch our characters leap into yet another reality and a whole new medium with a similar mind-bending approach with the help of our friends at Universal and the wizards at Proximity,” said A Vicious Circle co-creator, Mattson Tomlin.

“My colleagues and I are thrilled to have found a home at Universal Pictures for the feature adaptation of A Vicious Circle,” said BOOM! Studios President of Development, Stephen Christy. “It is truly a dream come true to partner with Ryan Coogler and the entire team at Proximity Media, who have been instrumental in some of the greatest comic book adaptations of all time. Lee and Mattson’s graphic novel is a tour-de-force, and it stands out as one of my favorite works we’ve ever published at BOOM! Studios. We can’t wait to bring their brilliant vision to life on the big screen.”

A Vicious Circle is one of the greatest artistic feats we’ve seen in the entire history of the publishing house,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief, Matt Gagnon. “The passionate work that Lee and Mattson delivered over the past 3+ years is truly astounding. We’re thrilled to see A Vicious Circle continue to expand its reach for years to come.”

This announcement comes ahead of the publication of A VICIOUS CIRCLE #3, the final part of the series, on-sale August 7, 2024. 

Monday, July 1, 2024 is the final day to pre-order it at your local comic shop. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.