God Country: Sweet Tooth director to helm comic book adaptation

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

God Country, Jim Mickle, Donny Cates, Image Comics, Legendary

I wish that you could see the sh*t-eating grin on my face right now. One of my favorite comic book stories of all time, God Country, is set to be adapted by Sweet Tooth's co-writer and director Jim Mickle. For starters. have you seen Sweet Tooth? It's positively brilliant, beautifully shot, and epic beyond measure. The thought of Mickle laying hands on God Country has me freaking out because I know he's going to kill it.

Okay, calm down, Steve. Let's fill everybody in on the details, shall we?

Mickle is partnering with Legendary and Aftershock Media for the adaptation. He's in charge of directing the feature based on the 2017 graphic novel of the same name published by Image Comics. God Country was written by Donny Cates (Venom, The Paybacks, Buzz Kill, Thor, Crossover) with art by Geoff Shaw (Crossover, Buzz Kill, Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider), colors by Jason Wordie (The Butcher of Paris, Black Hammer: Visions), and letters and design by John J. Hill (The Ghost Fleet, Crossover, Strange Adventures).

Per Image Comics, here is the official description for God Country:

Southern Bastards meets American Gods in a high-stakes fantasy series that masterfully blends high-octane action and jaw-dropping worldbuilding. In God Country, readers meet Emmett Quinlan, an old widower rattled by dementia. Emmett isn't just a problem for his children—his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home—as well as the surrounding West Texas town—a restored Quinlan rises from the wreckage. An enchanted sword at the eye of the storm gives him more than a sound mind and body, however. He's now the only man who can face these otherworldly creatures the sword has drawn down to the Lone Star State… In God Country, salvation is a double-edged sword.

Cates is adapting the screenplay. Lee Kramer and Jon Kramer from AfterShock Media will produce alongside Jim Mickle and Linda Moran.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got some major fist-pumping to do. The moment I read God Country back in 2017, I immediately wanted to see it adapted for the silver screen. Not only am I getting my wish, but a creative who helped make one of my favorite comic book adaptations ever is at the helm. Today is a great day to be an indie comic book nerd. Let's go!

Source: Deadline

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Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a JoBlo.com editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.