Development news: John Wick director to helm Analog comic movie; Hulu plays with Uglydoll

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May 23, 2018, 5:59 PM EDT

John Wick co-director Chad Stahelski has signed on to helm a feature film adaptation of Analog, the all-new cyber-dystopian Image Comics series from ex-Marvel writer Gerry Duggan, which first hit stores back in April.

Duggan recently told SYFY WIRE that Analog’s setup is “really an excuse for us to tell stories that take place in the near future that are more like classic spy tales,” and explained that the series unfolds five years in the future, after a global internet-shattering hack in which “everyone gets doxxed.”

Analog’s protagonist is Jack McGuinness, a former intelligence pro with a complicated past who’s found a new, dangerous career in the post-doxxed world. 

With the internet permanently compromised, people no longer use it to send and receive important information, so they turn to “men and women called ledgermen who will move your secrets on paper in special briefcases from Point A to Point B so that it can safely avoid the many sort of worms and spies that exist online,” Duggan explained.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Stahelski is working with Colony creator Ryan Condal to bring Analog to the big screen for Lionsgate, with Stahelski directing and Condal writing the script. Stahelski also is currently working on John Wick Chapter 3, which is set to release in May of 2019.


Over on the small screen, meanwhile, Hulu is jumping big-time into the Uglyverse, thanks to its reported pickup of a series order and exclusive streaming movie rights to the expanding Uglydoll plush toy franchise.

The streaming service has signed on for a kid-centeric 26-episode Uglydoll animated series in partnership with STX Entertainment, according to Deadline. The agreement also gives Hulu exclusive rights to stream the Robert Rodriguez-directed Uglydoll movie (slated for a 2019 release), once it moves from the big screen to the living room. 

The Uglydoll brand began in 2001 as a toy franchise, so the story potential for the movie and Hulu show is pretty open-ended. Creators David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim conceived Uglydoll toys to inhabit an “Uglyverse” that celebrates diversity and uniqueness, a premise that helped Uglydoll earn Toy of the Year honors in 2006 from the U.S.-based Toy Industry Association.

With the addition of Uglydoll, Hulu bolsters its growing roster of animated family fare, which includes a recent agreement with DreamWorks Animation, as well as a deal to reboot Animaniacs with Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. The service hasn’t announced a release target for its Uglydoll series, so stay tuned.