An 80s cult classic comic book series is heading for the big screen, according to THR.
Dreadstar was created by Jim Starlin who, topically, also co-created the Marvel characters Thanos, Drax and Gamora. Dreadstar followed Vanth Dreadstar, the last surviving member of the Milky Way Galaxy, who gets caught between two evil empires and who is aided by "a motley crew of survivors, a mystic by the name of Syzygy Darklock, a telepath named Willow and a cat-man called Oedi."
The producers pursued the rights aggressively, reportedly because they were big fans of the original comics. Producer J. C. Spink says:
Apart from Star Wars, this was my favorite science fiction story growing up.
Ford Lytle Gilmore concurs:
Dreadstar is one of the most important comics on the 1980s, paving the way for creators to control their own creations. After decades of Jim exercising that control and turning away countless Hollywood suitors, I'm excited he's trusting me and J.C. to do it right.
So Dreadstar fans, looks like your childhood memories are safe in the hands of fellow fans. Let's hope.