Cable’s success in Deadpool 2 may be the beginning of a long line of movies inspired by the creations of artist Rob Liefeld.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Studio 8 has picked up the rights to Liefeld’s Prophet character. First appearing in 1992’s Youngblood #2, John Prophet starred in a number of solo titles at Image Comics and Liefeld’s own Awesome Comics, but began his life a homeless man during World War II. He volunteered to be part of a secret experiment to create enhanced soliders for the war effort, but the program turned out to be spearheaded by a time traveling scientist on behalf of the evil Phillip Omen. The scientist had a sudden change of heart and programed Prophet to serve the Lord. He also put him into stasis only to be revived by the Youngblood team decades later.
Some the elements certainly sound familiar — including a later revelation that Prophet was revived to commit atrocities during the Vietnam War — but his tale later developed into a futuristic Conan-style sci-fi epic. The film will focus on the earlier version of Prophet, with the character revived in the modern day, but years before his creators planned, “making Prophet a fish out of water, spending his time in search of a mission that does not exist.”
“We’re taking the best of Prophet to create the best cinematic version of Prophet that we can,” Liefeld told the site. “He’s very pure in his motives to help out his family and ends up becoming something completely different.”
Liefeld, Adrian Askarieh, and Brooklyn Weaver will produce the film, with John Graham and Guy Danella overseeing the project for Studio 8.