Scribe hired for Afterburn adaptation

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Relativity Media has tapped Matt Johnson to adapt the Red 5 Comics series Afterburn as a major motion picture.

The film is being produced by Neal Moritz’s Original Films and Toby Maguire’s Maguire Entertainment banner.

“Afterburn,” a sci-fi adventure based on books published by Red 5 Comics, is 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 extract such objects as the Mona Lisa, the Rosetta Stone and the Crown Jewels while facing rival hunters, mutants and pirates.

Johnson wrote the action thrillers “Torque” for Warner Bros. and “Into the Blue” for Columbia. He recently wrote the road-race adventure “Baja 1000″ for Spyglass.

If you missed Afterburn, ask your retailer or check out Heavy Ink.

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