From Kickstarter to film, BLACK optioned by Studio 8

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Aug 3, 2017, 10:00 PM EDT

It started as a Kickstarter campaign that pulled in almost triple its goal. A new type of superhero comic, BLACK was created by Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal Igle, and Khary Randolph (with editor Sarah Litt) as a way to "tell an entertaining story and represent an effort for Black creators to own our narrative and have agency in the industry," according to the initial campaign.

Now they're getting that agency on an even bigger stage, as Studio 8 has optioned the story, which saw six issues in its initial run, for a feature film. Studio 8 EVP Jon Silk will develop the project with Rishi Rajani, Deadline reports, with Osajyefo and Smith attached as co-producers.

The series takes place in a world where only black people gain superpowers, as main character Kareem Jenkins discovers when he and two friends are shot by police in Brooklyn, and he survives. This sets off a chain of events, including the public discovering the secret, hidden government prisons containing other superpowered black people, and more, all while Kareem tries to find a way to use his powers for good.

"[BLACK] doesn't represent all blackness, that is impossible," Osajyefo told the New York Times in a profile that ran earlier this week. "[It's] to reflect what black people look like and where they come from."

BLACK, published by Black Mask Studios, is at comic shops now, as well as on the digital platform Comixology, where the sixth and final issue of the first arc will be released tomorrow.