Holy crap a Penny Arcade movie (kinda)

The Hollywood Reporter reports some pretty big news — there’s gonna be a movie based on a Penny Arcade comic. Not Penny Arcade Penny Arcade … but the New Kid spin-off they did not too long ago.

After tasting success of its first non-DreamWorks Animation-produced animated film Rango, Paramount is jumping into the medium again with New Kid.

The project is an adaptation of an online comic from Penny Arcade. The studio has picked up rights and tapped Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta to pen the script. Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing via their studio-based Disruption Entertainment.

The premise spins the feeling of being a new kid in school into an intergalactic story when the kid happens to be the lone earthling in a school chock full of aliens.

Penny Arcade, created by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, is one of the few viable webcomic sites that has grown into its own little fiefdom, with a blog, video games, podcasts and an online TV show.

Good for Mike and Jerry! The New Kid is a solid concept, and it would be very interesting to see the movie that comes out of it.


Posted on June 2, 2011, in The Webcomic Overlook, webcomics and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I’m happy for Mike and Jerry, but I wish Paramount had chosen Automata instead. Well, I guess New Kid is easier to aim towards children.

  2. My fingers are crossed, I hope it’s better than Book of Eli.

    Will the movie be 3D? I would love to see paramount put forward a new classical animated film 😀

  3. So Holkins & Krahulik are not even connected to the film adaptation? Hmm…

  4. That is actually pretty friggin awesome.

  5. …Wow, I’m not sure how to react.

  6. This is beyond awesome. I keep hoping PA would do more with their little stories. They would do so well with their own series of more full length comic stories if they took the time. I guess this will have to do.

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