Taken director Pierre Morel has signed on to direct a film adaptation of the Kickstart Entertainment graphic novel The Blacksmith, according to Deadline. Working from script by Ben Ripley, the film is an adaptation of Malik Evans, Richard Sparkman, and Alberto Muriel's 2011 OGN for Kickstart - a comic company founded by film producer Jason Netter.
"Our main character is Alex Malloy, a young male who is a weapon genius known as the Blacksmith," Sparkman told Newsarama in 2011. "He’s in a league of his own and the top-notch Blacksmith of his era. His specialty is guns and various heavy artillery."
Kickstart and AGC Studios are producing this film, with an eye towards a 2020 production start.
Said Ford, "Ben Ripley’s terrific script introduces us to a highly original, new breed of tech savvy action hero in Wes Loomis, and Pierre is the perfect director to bring this franchise to life," said AGC's Stuart Ford.
Blacksmith was optioned as a TV series by NBC back in late 2018.