Jim Zub and Steven Cumming's creator-owned Image Comics' title Wayward has been optioned for development as a "Japanese animated or live action series" by Manga Entertainment, according to Zub. The two creators will be creative consultants on the project, handling the development of the original story treatment and character designs.
“We are very excited to be working with Jim and Steven to bring the characters and world of Wayward to life for the screen," said Manga Entertainment COO Jerome Mazandarani. "Jim and Steven have managed to create a truly unique high stakes action-drama that feels fresh and authentic in its mixture of Japanese and Celtic mythology. We are very confident this story will connect with audiences across Asia and the rest of the world.”
Described by Image as "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer for a new generation," Wayward follows Rori Lane as comes to Japan to reunite with her mother and finds that she has ancient powers that attract supernatural creatures living in Tokyo.
"As soon as Jerome and I started talking about a collaboration, I had a good feeling Manga Entertainment would be the right place to develop Wayward," added Zub. "The crew at Manga intimately understand the anime market and have helped popularize some of the biggest brands in that space. As Japanese art and animation continues to go global, co-producing Wayward at a Japanese studio with Manga taking the lead is a natural choice.”
No production timeline for Wayward was given.