Variety reports that the Ron Harris-created series “Crash Ryan,” one of the first comics published under Marvel’s now-defunct creator-owned imprint Epic Comics, is being developed as a feature film. Producer Ryan Heppe has acquired the rights and will pen the script with David Cowper.
“‘Crash Ryan’ is the product of a mishmash of influences: my childhood spent on Navy airbases; the old flying movies and Masked Villain serials I loved on late-night TV, and especially my fascination with predictions of future life made in the 1930’s,” Heppe says. “It’s an incredible canvas, but what attracted me was the redemption story: a man who can’t save himself being tasked with saving the world.”
The pair have already written a 50-page outline for the film titled “Crash Ryan and the Eyes of Lemuria,” which they describe as a “steampunk-inspired fusion of Indiana Jones and Star Wars.”
Though the series only published four issues in the mid-1980s, creator Ron Harris revived the character for a story in “Dark Horse Presents.”