Wed., October 9, 2013 6:45am (EDT)

Macon Author's Comic To Become Movie
By Adam Ragusea
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Updated: 6 months ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Nathan Edmondson poses with his comic book "Who is Jake Ellis?" 20th Century Fox is developing the story into a movie directed by David Yates. (Photo: Adam Ragusea/GPB News)
Nathan Edmondson poses with his comic book "Who is Jake Ellis?" 20th Century Fox is developing the story into a movie directed by David Yates. (Photo: Adam Ragusea/GPB News)
A story by Macon comic book author Nathan Edmondson is being made into a major motion picture.

Officials with 20th Century Fox announced this week they have chosen Harry Potter director David Yates for the project. Yates has to finish shooting a Tarzan movie before he can get to Edmondson's film.

Edmondson describes his comic book series "Who is Jake Ellis?" as "Fight Club" meets "The Bourne Identity." It follows a spy on the run who receives guidance from a mysterious invisible man.

Edmondson got the idea from a street sign in his native Augusta: Jake Ellis Lane.

"[I] passed by it one time, thought it was a cool character title and a couple hours later I had the story in mind, on a drive from Augusta to Macon actually, so...Jake Ellis Lane, he was some old Masters golfer," Edmondson said.

Edmondson's dark, cinematic writing style is very much the product of growing up in Georgia, he said.

"There's a side to the shadow-hung South that...even the writers from the South who aren't telling stories about the South can't escape the influence of the South, its Gothic nature and its broken past," Edmondson said.

Edmondson is part of a comic book writer and artist community in Macon that includes Tony Harris, Ray Snyder, and Craig Hamilton — all well-known in their field.