While it’s still too early for any kind of official comment from Red 5, both Variety and Hollywood Reporter are reporting tonight that Tobey Maguire (Spider-man) and Neal Moritz (I Am Legend, xXx) are teaming up to adapt “Afterburn”, with rights being picked up by Relativity Media (American Gangster, Ghost Rider).
Hollywood Reporter says
Maguire would produce through his Maguire Entertainment banner and Moritz through his Original Films shingle.
The book, whose first issue hit stands in January, is a sci-fi adventure set against the backdrop of a postapocalyptic Earth, whose Eastern Hemisphere was destroyed by a massive solar flare, leaving what life remains mutated from radiation and fallout. The story revolves around a group of treasure hunters who for the right price extract such objects as the Mona Lisa, the Rosetta Stone and the Crown Jewels while facing rival hunters, mutants and pirates along the way.
Red 5 Comics was created by Paul Ens, former director of Lucasfilm’s StarWars.com and Lucas Online, and Scott Chitwood, co-founder of TheForce.net and contributor to ComingSoon.net and SuperHeroHype.com. The company, based in Calgary, Alberta, began publishing its first books in the fall.
Chitwood and Ens wrote “Afterburn,” which is drawn by Wayne Nichols.