Roddenberry’s ‘Worth’ Graphic Novel Heading To Film

By October 29, 2016


Two of Star Trek: Discovery‘s executive producers, who one happens to be the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry himself, have signed a deal that would adapt a graphic novel they produced into a feature film.

mahmoudiehNEW102916Sleeping Giant Films has acquired the film rights to Worth, a story led by a superhero with the ability to control machines quickly finding himself obsolete in Detroit. David Mahmoudieh, an up-and-coming writer attached to the proposed western Boone with Kevin Sorbo and Lorenzo Lamas, was hired to pen the script.

Roth, who also is the chief operating officer of Roddenberry Entertainment, said in a release that Worth has all the elements needed to successfully transfer a graphic novel to something a little more live-action.

“Graphic novels that have successfully made the leap to the big screen have been those with sympathetic characters and strong stories, and we are confident audiences will see these qualities in Worth.”

Grant Worth is that character, Roth said. He’s Detroit’s most iconic hero, with the ability to manipulate machines. That is, until the advent of motherboards and microprocessors. He became an analog hero in a digital age, forced to adapt to today’s technological world and begin his heartfelt request for redemption.

First published in 2014 by Arcana Studios, Worth was written by Aubrey Sitterson and illustrated by Chris Moreno.

The project also will be produced by David A. Stern and D. Matt Geller on behalf of Sleeping Giant Films. Stern got his start as an executive producer on the 2014 NBC miniseries Rosemary’s Baby starring Zoe Saldana of the Star Trek movie universe, and Patrick J. Adams.

fourmorning102916Geller is a co-executive producer on the Canadian comedy Four in the Morning. He also produced Born to Be Blue in 2015 about jazz legend Chet Baker that starred Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo and Callum Keith Rennie.

No other details about the project have been released, including a production and release schedule.

Discovery, which includes Roddenberry and Roth as executive producers, will debut on CBS and later CBS All Access in May.

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