DISNEY Picks Up FOX's THE EMPTY MAN Movie, Sets Release Date

Empty Man #1 variant
Empty Man #1 variant
Credit: Goni Montes (BOOM! Studios)
Credit: Vanesa R. Del Rey (BOOM! Studios)

Disney is moving forward with a movie adaptation of Cullen Bunn and Vanesa R. Del Rey's The Empty Man, setting it for an August 7, 2020 release date, according to Variety.

Iron Man 3's James Badge was announced in 2016 as the movie's lead, with David Prior set to write and direct.

"It's been one year since the first reported case of the Empty Man disease, and no drug has been able to slow its progress," reads BOOM!'s description of the original series. "The cause is unknown, and the symptoms include fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia, followed by death, or a near lifeless, "empty" state of catatonia. As murder cults rise nationwide, the FBI and CDC enter a joint investigation of the Empty Man, hoping to piece together clues to stop the cult and uncover a cure."

The Empty Man was originally optioned by 20th Century Fox in 2016, the first project signed from Fox's first-look deal with BOOM! Studios. The Empty Man is one of several BOOM! adaptations Disney inherited as part of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

Two other BOOM!/Fox adaptations, Mouse Guard and Lumberjanes, were canceled by Disney.

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