Jake Gyllenhaal Will Headline New Republic’s Oblivion Song Adaptation

Two years ago, word broke that Robert Kirkman was teaming up with Universal Pictures on an adaptation of Oblivion Song, based on the comic he launched with artist Lorenzo De Felici in 2018. There have been virtually no updates on the status of the project since then. But now, it looks like the movie has changed hands to New Republic Pictures. And according to Variety, Jake Gyllenhaal has come aboard as the film’s star.

Presumably, Gyllenhaal is playing Oblivion Song’s protagonist, Nathan Cole. In the original series, Nathan is a scientist who makes daily trips to Philadelphia after a mysterious event caused 300,000 of the city’s inhabitants to vanish into an alternate dimension known as Oblivion. Gyllenhaal is also producing the film adaptation through his Nine Stories banner, which has a first-look deal with New Republic.

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Earlier this year, Kirkman announced that Oblivion Song would come to an end with its 36th issue. The series’ latest installment, issue #33, hits comic shops tomorrow.

“We couldn’t be more excited to find such great partners in New Republic and Nine Stories,” said Kirkman in a new statement. “Both companies have a tremendous reputation for premium storytelling at the highest level, and we can’t wait to see Jake bring this character to life on the big screen. We are so fortunate to have assembled a team that is as passionate about this comic as we are.”

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Recommended Reading: Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici Volume 1

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