Comeback: Walking Dead creator and Colossal director adapting Image time travel comic

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Mar 26, 2021, 4:00 PM EDT (Updated)

The Image Comics series Comeback is getting adapted into a feature film by two of the genre's most prolific creative minds.

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, Walking Dead and Outcast creator Robert Kirkman (picture above) will produce through his Skybound Entertainment company, while Colossal and Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo will write and direct the movie, which is being distributed through Sony Pictures.

The comic, written by Ed Brisson and drawn by Michael Walsh, debuted in 2013 and follows a company called Reconnect that, for a large fee, reunites people who have died prematurely with their loved ones by sending agents back in time to rescue the person before they're killed.


(Image courtesy of Image Comics)

Since time travel is illegal, the FBI is investigating Reconnect when two of its employees, Seth and Mark, get stuck in the past on a mission that goes way off course ... and we all know what can happen when time travel goes askew. Seth and Mark soon discover that Reconnect itself has a hidden agenda, and the pair find themselves fleeing through time from the law and the company.

Kirkman, of course, is a major player thanks to his Walking Dead empire, which encompasses the still-running comics as well as two TV series, along with other properties like Outcast (also a book and TV show). He has yet to produce a feature film, although he was said at one point to be developing a remake of An American Werewolf in London.

Vigalondo hails from Spain and has made several genre films on an independent level, starting with his own time-bending tale Timecrimes. This year, his movie Colossal — in which Anne Hathaway plays a dissolute young woman who discovers that her actions control those of a gigantic kaiju ravaging South Korea — won acclaim from both genre fans and critics.

Comeback has been compared to Looper, the 2012 film written and directed by The Last Jedi filmmaker Rian Johnson, although both came out right around the same time.

Have you read Comeback? Do you think this team will do a good job bringing it to the screen?