Guggenheim’s Nowhere Man is somewhere again, three years later

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The week before a big movie release is the traditional time for announcements of new projects for those involved; it’s a magical time when the entertainment world’s attention is turned to you, but before possible tankage or bad news, when there’s a world of opportunity for those with vision.

Thus it is that Deadline today announced that GREEN LANTERN writer Marc Guggenheim was launching his comics series NOWHERE MAN:

Marc Guggenheim, one of the writers who brought the DC Comics hero Green Lantern to the screen, will next launch Nowhere Man, a new comic book series through Liquid Comics. The story takes place 500 years in the future, where an oppressive government monitors the population, down to its thoughts. Everyone on earth has been infected with a nano-tech virus that makes computerized thought analysis possible. A group of rebels combat this by generating a genetically altered child born immune to the virus. He grows up to become the Nowhere Man, mankind’s best chance to topple the invasive regime.

The deal was put together by Liquid Comics’ Sharad Devarajan and Gotham Chopra, and the series will launch with a four-issue arc, starting in November in print and digital formats. Artwork was done by Liquid’s in-house artist Jeevan J. Kang. These Liquid launches usually lead to film development deals and this sounds like it has cinematic potential. It is something that Guggenheim has been thinking about for a long time.


Just how long has Guggenheim been thinking of this idea? Well at least since 2008, when it was announced as being attached to Hugh Jackman. The then-publisher was Virgin Comics, which is now known as Liquid Comics. Liquid has a publishing deal with Dynamite, so that’s where we’d expect to see this eventually appear. No Hugh Jackman this time though. Sniff.

Guggenheim, whose tv series Eli Stone ran for a season a few years ago, remains committed to the whole comic book world, with his Collider imprint at Image.

Comments

  1. Dante Von Madeupname says:

    I wonder if Guggenheim et al have sorted out the rights issues that meant a previous comic called Nowhere Man ended up being called Phantom Jack instead? IIRC the clash was with the rightsholders for the TV series Nowhere Man – Fox, I think.

  2. Eli Stone ran for 2 seasons and was great television.

    I had been wondering what happened to Virgin and now I know. Thanks, Comics Beat.

  3. Phantom Jack is, rumor has it, being looked at by Hollywood too. The first tpb just got a remastered new release and is a really great read.

  4. Synsidar says:

    I’m guessing that Guggenheim didn’t run the material for NOWHERE MAN by an SF writer or a biologist. There are two problems with:

    Everyone on earth has been infected with a nano-tech virus that makes computerized thought analysis possible. A group of rebels combat this by generating a genetically altered child born immune to the virus.

    Viruses are made of biological material. Nanotech creations aren’t. There aren’t technological barriers to genetically altering existing viruses or even creating new, pathogenic ones. That’s why biological warfare is a concern. A new virus, though, isn’t a new nanotech virus, and a person can’t be “immune” to non-biological material.

    The second problem is that work with nanotech, virus creation, and interfacing devices with the brain is current, real-world research. The series could be set 20 or 30 years from now instead of 500.

    Advances in technology are making SF harder to write.

    SRS

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