Lesbian Viking Comic 'Heathen' by Natasha Alterici in Development as a Movie

Vault Comics have announced that Natasha Alterici's comic Heathen is being developed into a feature film by Constantin Film AG.

We've been following Natasha Alterici's comic from the beginning and have admired her on-the-nose approach to marketing it.

The film script will be written by Kerry Williamson, whose credits include Alex Cross, Netflix's What Happened to Monday, and who is adapting the fantasy series Sandman Slim for director Chad Stahelski and Studio 8.

Heathen follows Aydis, a viking, warrior, outcast, and a self-proclaimed heathen. Aydis is a rescuer of the immortal Valkyrie Brynhild and battler of demons and fantastic monsters. Aydis is a woman. Born into a time of warfare, suffering, and subjugation of women, she is on a mission to end the oppressive reign of the god-king Odin.

"The entire Heathen team and I are incredibly excited about adapting my little lesbian viking comic for film," said Heathen creator, Natasha Alterici. "I've been a film fanatic for longer than I've been a comics fans, and that my working in one format would lead to another is nothing less than a dream come true."

"Natasha has created an instant classic which smartly ties into the current socio-political zeitgeist while being a first rate timeless adventure story," said Adrian Askarieh. "Not only is it a great passion of ours to bring HEATHEN to the big screen, but also a true honor."

The film will be produced by Constantin's Robert Kulzer with Adrian Askarieh whose Prime Universe Films is in a two-year first look with Constantin.

F.J. DeSanto will produce. DeSanto was a producer on the Frank Miller-directed The Spirit and recently co-wrote and Executive Produced the Transformers Anime for Machinima and Hasbro.

Damian Wassel, Vault's CEO & Publisher, will Executive Produce, and Tim Daniel, Vault's VP of Branding, will Co-Produce, and Constantin's Martin Moszkowicz will be executive producer.

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