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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. has acquired feature film rights to Nate Simpson's comic book "Nonplayer" from publisher Image Comics and has set up the potential tentpole project with producers Roy Lee ("The Ring") and David Heyman (the "Harry Potter" series).

"Nonplayer" is a sci-fi/fantasy story about Dana Stevens, a brilliant young woman who retreats from the dismal workaday world of the future into the digital fantasy realm of Jarvath, where she's a fearless warrior.

First of six issues went on sale in April.

Prior to "Nonplayer," Simpson worked as a video game concept artist.

Heyman most recently produced WB's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," which has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide since opening last month. He's in production on Alfonso Cuaron's Sandra Bullock starrer "Gravity," which WB recently skedded for release on Nov. 21, 2012.

Lee recently produced Lionsgate's upcoming Taylor Lautner thriller "Abduction" and served as an exec producer on CBS Films' Daniel Radcliffe starrer "The Woman in Black." He's developing a remake of the South Korean classic "Oldboy" for Mandate Pictures.


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Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class screenwriter Jane Goldman will pen the Warner Bros. adaptation of

Nonplayer, the acclaimed sci-fi/fantasy comic from video-game designer Nate Simpson.

“It’s futuristic, it’s incredible,” Goldman told

The Playlist while promoting The Woman in Black. “Science fiction is not a genre I’m used to [writing], but it’s my favorite.”

The studio acquired the rights to the Image Comics miniseries

in August, setting up Roy Lee (The Ring) and David Heyman (Harry Potter) to produce. Premiering in April, Nonplayer follows Dana Stevens, a young woman who retreats from her dull life into the digital-fantasy realm of Jarvath, where she’s a fearless warrior. Soon, however, her video-game adventures begin to intersect with the real world.

To date, just one issue has been published; Simpson, who won the Eisner Award for Best Newcomer,

broke his collarbone in September in a bicycle accident.


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