Given Michael Keaton‘s swan song to his Batman-ish movie past with his performance in last year’s Birdman, it would be a little odd to discover that the former comic book hero has another comic adaptation in the works right? Well, get ready to feel all kinds of odd, because Keaton’s got another one in the works.
Slashfilm is reporting that Keaton is on board to produce and star in the big screen adaptation of Imagine Agents, a comic book written by Brian Joines and drawn by artist Bachan. What’s Imagine Agents you ask? It follows an agency that polices and surveys children’s imaginary friends, keeping them in check when necessary. If you imagine that Men in Black merged with Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends in an amusing amorphous mass, you’d be more or less there. Here’s a description of Imagine Agents from the creators of the series:
“Ever try to wrangle an illiterate, 30-foot tall rock monster away from his 5-year-old best friend? Or calm down a 400 pound muscle-man rag-doll during her daily temper-tantrum? For Dave and Terry, it’s all in a day’s work. As agents for I.M.A.G.I.N.E., they are responsible for keeping your imaginary friends in-line… Little do they know that six-year-old Elliot and his best bear-friend, Furdlgurr, are about to be entangled in a plan to change everything!”
This looks to be a far cry from Keaton’s rubber suit. The actor will be starring as a veteran agent who takes a young recruit under his wing. Michael Sugar from Anonymous Content and Boom! Studios’ Ross Richie are on board to produce, while Stephen Christy and Eli Selden have been brought on as exec producers.
There’s no word as yet on who will be starring opposite Keaton as his eager recruit, but this could be an ideal environment for some new blood, especially with Keaton to carry the star weight.
We all know that non-denominational comic books (not Marvel or DC) don’t have a strong predictability of success, falling anywhere between Kick-Ass and RIPD. Hopefully Imagine Agents will fall in the former camp.