Twenty-five years after their first issue was published, Image Comics co-founder and Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld is giving away the screenplay he wrote adapting his best-selling comic book Youngblood.
Last month, Liefeld announced that he would team with artist Jim Towe to create a reboot of the comic book series, but the idea of a film version has been in and out of development for years. According to the writer/artist, he's not currently shopping the screenplay in question around. Fans can get their hands on it by signing up for his e-mail list.
"A short while back I penned this Youngblood screenplay, it was a story that I wanted to tell, it was a tale I’d been sitting on for years," Liefeld wrote. "This is my vision of what a Youngblood movie would look and how it would feel like. I know that fans who have loved Youngblood through the ages are certain to be thrilled by some if not many of the beats throughout this script. This has not been exposed at the studio level and that is certainly not the purpose here. This is for YOU! It costs me nothing to give this to you as a free pdf, something created and written for the most extreme Youngblood die-hards!"
You can check out his Facebook post on it below, or click over to Liefeld's page to read his full comments on it.
Writing the new comic with Liefeld (and, really, taking point on the day-to-day from the sound of it) is Chad Bowers, who currently co-writes X-Men '92 with Chris Sims and Deadpool with Sims and Liefeld.
The series will also reintroduce and reinvent Badrock, who will get a change in his power set in the first issue. Liefeld said that there will be an official solicitation shortly, once they have three issues in the can so that Image can solicit the book and avoid lateness.
It's a truism in comics that nobody loves comic books more than Rob Liefeld -- something else you can see on display in this interview -- but what's really unusual here is how self-depreciating he's being. Liefeld is a controversial figure, but he's often left in the position of defending himself and his art from attacks, especially online, so it might be a welcome surprise for some fans to see him cackling to himself when he says things like "I didn't draw it -- that's why it's good!"
ComicBook.com reached out to Liefeld, who provided us with some character designs from the upcoming series. You can check them out in the attached image gallery. Don't be surprised if he and Towe share a bit more on Twitter, as the creative team is all pretty excited about the announcement.
Expect more details on Youngblood 2017 as it draws closer. In the meantime, everyone from fans to the press are talking about how Rob Liefeld made a young artist's dream come true, and Liefeld is praising the heck out of the art we haven't seen yet.