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X-Men: First Class’ Jane Goldman to Adapt Nonplayer Comic

Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class screenwriter Jane Goldman will pen the Warner Bros. adaptation of Nonplayer, the acclaimed sci-fi/fantasy comic from video-game designer Nate Simpson.

“It’s futuristic, it’s incredible,” Goldman told The Playlist while promoting The Woman in Black. “Science fiction is not a genre I’m used to [writing], but it’s my favorite.”

The studio acquired the rights to the Image Comics miniseries in August, setting up Roy Lee (The Ring) and David Heyman (Harry Potter) to produce. Premiering in April, Nonplayer follows Dana Stevens, a young woman who retreats from her dull life into the digital-fantasy realm of Jarvath, where she’s a fearless warrior. Soon, however, her video-game adventures begin to intersect with the real world.

To date, just one issue has been published; Simpson, who won the Eisner Award for Best Newcomer, broke his collarbone in September in a bicycle accident.


  • Alex Witenberg

    How can you write an adaptation of a comic that won’t be finished for who knows how long?  (Even before Simpson had his accident, he warns readers he didn’t know when he would do the next issue.)

    Also odd for Goldman to say she’s not used to SF when those films are SF to me.

  • Mel

    I agree. The story isn’t anything special either. Pretty art though. IMHO

  • Brian

    Because they can talk to the creator and ask him for an outline of where it goes after the first published issue? This has been done many times before, mostly notably with a few Mark Millar properties, and with the HBO adaptation of the George RR Martin novels. If Game of Thrones can avoid getting cancelled, it will likely end before Martin finishes the novels.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe she could help him pen and draw issues 2-6…

  • Cass

    Nate Simpson, not Nate Powell. It also shows up in the post tags.

  • Simpsonhater

    F that guy Simpson

  • Alex Witenberg

     How weird to call Simpson Powell.  The sort of error only a fan of early series Simpsons TV, where Homer’s half brother is named Powell.