Heading into the annual convention in San Diego, Universal Pictures-based Dravnverse has announced the start of pre-production on the first Dravn feature adaptation.

Jesse Negron created Dravn, a comic book and graphic novel property that takes place in a dark parallel universe where world events have gone awry populated by heroes such as Achilles and Joan Of Arc.

Dravnverse head Tom Sanders will serve as executive producer on the feature while Negron will produce with Knightvision’s James Knight, who served as performance capture project manager on Avatar.

Knight will oversee special effects on the project, which Sanders has been developing with Negron for five years.

The lead concept artist will be Keith Thompson, whose credits include Pacific Rim.

Production is scheduled to take place at various locations early next year.