The ultimate goal of every comic creator is to have their IP adapted to a movie franchise or multiple season television show to maximize their financial return. Most creators slave away for years in the salt mines of comics without ever seeing a return on their investment. A few lucky creators get adapted only a few issues into their series run. Then there's Christopher Sebela who has cracked the code.
Sebela's new Image Comics series Crowded, with artists Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, has been optioned by Rebel Wilson's Camp Sugar production company before the first issue has been released. As this is the goal of every creator-owned property, the comic doesn't even need to be released now and the team can move onto their next project.
Crowded is set in a near future where the world's economy is all job sharing and apps and where a crowdfunding platform that funds assassinations named Reapr is all the rage. The story is set in motion when a woman named Charlie, leading a quiet normal life, finds her world upside down when she suddenly becomes a target on Reapr, with a multimillion-dollar bounty. Desperate, the woman hires the only person she is able to afford: Vita, the lowest-rated bodyguard on the Dfend app. The two have to work together to take down the aspirational assassins and find out who wants Charlie dead before the campaign's 30-day period concludes, or their lives are over.
A search for a writer for the film is underway as presumably Sebela has to go back to writing the storyboards comic for his next future film adaptation.
Crowded #1 is set to release August 15.