Augusta native Nathan Edmondson looked no farther than a short lane off Highland Avenue to inspire a comic book that was recently bought by 20th Century Fox for a full-length Hollywood film.
Director David Yates, who directed four of the eight Harry Potter movies, will direct the film adaptation of Edmondson’s espionage series, Who is Jake Ellis?
“He’s someone many people want to work with and we are very humbled and very excited he has chosen this book as his next project,” Edmondson said about Yates.
The film will be produced by Peter Chernin, who produced this summer’s The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
Actors for Who is Jake Ellis? have not been announced, but Edmondson said “some big names” have been discussed as possible stars.
Edmondson, 28, grew up in the Alleluia Community, a Christian community off Lumpkin Road. He attended John S. Davidson Fine Arts School for his freshman and sophomore years before moving to France.
He is a 2008 graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he lives with his wife and 1-year-old daughter.
Edmondson’s interest in film started at Davidson. His writing career gained traction with a 2009 comic series titled Olympus. He has several other books being developed for films.
Who is Jake Ellis? was named after Jake Ellis Lane off the 1300 block of Highland Avenue.
Edmondson long thought the street would make a catchy name for a band. One day when he was leaving Augusta for Macon, he saw the sign again.
“By the time I reached Macon two hours later, I had the whole story worked out in my mind,” he said.
The book – and soon to be film – tells the story of Jon Moore, a mercenary spy running from villains. He is guided by Jake Ellis, a seemingly invisible guide that helps Moore navigate his perils.
The comic, illustrated by Tonci Zonjic, was followed by a sequel, Where is Jake Ellis?
Edmondson’s success doesn’t end there.
Last week, comic industry giant Marvel announced Edmondson as the writer for a relaunch of the popular comic characters the Black Widow and the Punisher.
Between making several trips a year to Los Angeles, Edmondson visits family regularly in Augusta, where he enjoys the downtown food scene.