Per The Hollywood Reporter, Safety writer Randy McKinnon will be penning the upcoming Static Shock feature.
The film will follow the character of Virgil Hawkins, also known as Static, a teenager who transforms into a superhero who gains electromagnetic powers after being exposed to strange gas.
It was revealed at a DC FanDome panel back in August that there were “serious conversations” about bringing the teenage superhero to the big screen. This is what producer Reginald Hudlin said during the panel:
One of the things we’re really excited about, we really want to live up to the name of the company. When we spoke to Jim [Lee] about reviving the Milestone line, we said ‘Look, we all know this has been a hit comic book and hit animated series. It’s time to expand back into all those areas and then some.’ So we’re in serious conversations about, as we’re launching the comic book series, developing the ‘Static Shock’ movie.
The project is being fast-tracked due to the heavy-hitting producers that are attached to the project, who are planning to build a cinematic universe centered around black superheroes, starting with Static Shock Producers include Michael B. Jordan (via Outlier Society) and Safety director Reginald Hudlin. Static Shock is set for a theatrical release.