Updated February 21, 2019: Netflix has secured the rights to the feature film adaptation of writer Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernández's The Old Guard, according to Deadline.
Gina Prince-Bythewood directs the female-fronted action film starring Charlize Theron and If Beale Street Could Talk's KiKi Layne with a screenplay by Rucka.
The Old Guard tells the story of "a small covert group of immortal mercenaries who must fight to keep their team together when they discover the existence of a new immortal and their extraordinary abilities are exposed."
Original Story published on July 25, 2018: Gina Prince-Bythewood has signed on to direct Skydance Media's The Old Guard film, according to Variety. Based on the Image Comics series by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, The Old Guard film script will be penned by Rucka himself.
"Old soldiers never die…and some of them don’t even fade away. Cursed with immortality, Andromache of Scythia and her comrades-in-arms ply their trade for those who can find—and afford—their services," reads Image's description of The Old Guard. "But in the 21st century, being immortal is a difficult secret to keep, and when you live long enough, you learn that there are many fates far worse than death."
Prince-Bythewood directed the pilot for Freeform's Cloak & Dagger, and was announced as directing Sony Pictures Silver Sable/Black Cat film Silver & Black. She previously directed The Secret Life of Bees, Love & Basketball, and Beyond the Lights.
Skydance is projecting The Old Guard for a 2019 theatrical release.