When Rob Liefeld burst onto the comics scene in the early 1990s, readers were captivated by his expressionistic line work and daring ignorance of basic human anatomy. As the years went on, however, his art became a recurring joke to comics enthusiasts and a puzzling question mark as to how the artist continues getting hired in an industry whose artistic standards appeared to have lapped him. But a dominant force he remains, and interest in Liefeld's creative properties still manage to get snatched up by Hollywood types eager to cash in on the comic book craze currently overpowering the market. Case in point: The Godyssey, a Rob Liefeld series about a team of gods fighting for the fate of humanity, which is now set to become a feature film.
Variety reports that The Godyssey has been optioned by producers Todd Garner and Brooklyn Weaver. Garner has previously produced films ranging from Paul Blart: Mall Cop to the fantasy film The Sorcerer's Apprentice, while Weaver's biggest credit to date is producing the Jim Carrey thriller The Number 23. The premise of the film centers around Zeus (the Greek god of the sky), Pangu (the Chinese creator of all things), Ra (the Egyptian god of the sun) and Buddha (who isn't even technically a god, according to most scholars), who team up to fight an army of fallen gods.
The original comic book series, which debuted in 1996, also included Jesus Christ and the Image Comics characters Glory and Avengelyne, but according to Rob Liefeld's twitter, none of those characters are going to appear in the feature film adaptation. We presume Glory and Avengelyne aren't going to be included because of potential rights issues (and because neither character is particularly popular anymore, if indeed they ever were), and Jesus won't show up to avoid unnecessary controversy.
It's the second collaboration for Rob Liefeld and Brooklyn Weaver, who are also planning a feature film version of Liefeld's Bloodstrike, about a team of undead assassins created by the government. You are allowed to say it sounds just like Universal Soldier. Because it does.