Legendary secures Image Comics' Nonplayer movie rights, Thor: Ragnarok writer attached

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:17 AM EDT (Updated)

Get ready to join the Warriors of Jarvath! Legendary Entertainment just secured the rights for a film based on the Nonplayer comic series from Nate Simpson.

Writer Eric Pearson (Thor: Ragnarok, Agent Carter) is onboard to write the film based on Image Comics' Nonplayer, which was first released in 2011. Nonplayer follows the story of Dana Stevens, a girl who lives as an assassin within a full-immersion online game, allowing her to escape her mundane life as a tamale delivery girl (which we didn't even know was a thing). But when Dana's game begins to blend with her actual life, she has to find a way to become more like her virtual self in a story that, according to Deadline, "is said to be in the vein of Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Matrix."


(Nonplayer #2 cover by Nate Simpson, via Image Comics)

Nonplayer #1 was released in 2011 with #2 coming four years later in 2015. Simpson has also mentioned #3 being in the works. With the popularity of immersive games like World of Warcraft and Second Life, where users can create entirely new identities, the idea of escaping into another identity is appealing to fans. After all, isn't that why we love so many of the genre properties we enjoy?

There's no word on when the Nonplayer film will be released yet, but once it is, it sure sounds like a good escape from real-life, at least for a couple hours.