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Breakout creator-owned comics success story Lumberjanes headed for movie adaptation

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Boom! Studios' Lumberjanes is an adventure series created by four women specifically to capture a market of young female readers in a big way. Its success in that arena looks like it's being rewarded in the now-traditional comic book way: Lumberjanes is getting a movie.

According to The Wrap, 20th Century Fox has optioned the comic for film. Merely being optioned isn't always the surest sign that a movie will get made, but Fox has gone a step further, and assigned scriptwriting and producing roles. Will Widger will craft the script, while three of Boom! Studios' executives will produce, with the input of some Fox executives as well.

Originally slated as an eight issue miniseries, Lumberjanes was almost immediately extended to an ongoing, and now has more than a dozen issues under its belt. The comic follows the adventures of five teen and pre-teen girls, Jo, April, Molly, Mal and Ripley, at a strange wilderness summer camp for "Hardcore Lady Types," where running into supernatural monsters and defeating them is just a standard part of the Lumberjane Scout curriculum. The books are co-written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis, with character designs by Brooke A. Allen, and have been hailed by many reviewers as a bright light in a market where original all-ages titles that gain widespread attention are few and far between.

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