Westbrook Studios from Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have optioned the rights to IDW Publishing’s fantasy graphic novel Canto and will be adapting it as an animated feature.

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Co-creator and writer of Canto, David M. Booher is set to write the screenplay, Booher along with co-creator and artist of Canto, Drew Zucker, will serve as Executive Producers of the animated feature. Jon Mone has been brought on to produce with Ryan Shimazaki overseeing the project for Westbrook Studios.

In case you are not familiar with the series, here is the synopsis:

“They are forbidden to love, yet Canto loves a little tin girl. When slavers damage her clock beyond repair, Canto embarks on an incredible journey through his strange and fantastic world to bring back her heart. As he faces fearsome creatures and finds unlikely allies, can he conquer the mysterious figure who has taken their hearts to save the one he loves?”

As previously reported by Booher and Zucker, Canto draws inspiration from The Wizard of Oz and Dante’s Inferno. First released as a six issue mini-series in 2019. Canto has stolen the hearts of it’s readers, thanks to it’s draws to these classics and message of hope and inspiring those around you. Canto II just recently wrapped up it’s 5 issue mini-series with more plans for Canto at IDW Publishing in 2021-2022.

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