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Sam Worthington in The Last Days of American Crime

Posted by LiveFor on November 19, 2009

Comic book genius Rick Remender is reporting that Sam Worthington is goingto to appear in a film version of the upcoming Radical Publishing comic, The Last Days of American Crime.

Remender created and wrote the comic (he is also writing the screenplay) which is illustrated by Greg Tocchini.

The story is set in near-future America. The comic synopsisIn the not-too-distant future as a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans in secret to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. To keep this from the public, the government creates a distraction, installing a new currency system using digital charge cards.

Enter: Graham Brick. A career criminal never quite able to hit the big score, Graham intends to steal one of the charging stations, skip the country and live off unlimited funds for the rest of his life. But the media has leaked news of the anti-crime signal one week before it was to go live…and now Graham and his team have just a few days to turn the crime of the century into the last crime in American history.

I really like the sound of this. It has a great sci-fi hook on it and no doubt that will play some further part in the proceedings.

Worthington will play the role of Kevin Cash. He is a safecracker who gets hired for a heist at the eleventh hour. I’m not sure whether Kevin Cash is just the Graham Brick character renamed or whether he is part of the team.

“It’s really motivated by Mamet’s Heist film and James Ellroy’s [novel] ‘American Tabloid’. Ellroy being an example of the kind of hard-boiled crime that has a socio-political backdrop and Mamet’s Heist a very well-thought out film that focuses on the heist itself.” said Remender.

Issue One of The Last Days of American Crime comes to comic stores in December.

Source: MovieWeb

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Joseph Kosinski follows Tron Legacy with Oblivion sci-fi

Posted by LiveFor on July 30, 2009

Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is developing Oblivion, based on his own concept, as a feature for Radical Pictures.

Kosinski has signed to direct the action feature and will produce along with Radical principal Barry Levine, filmmaker David Fincher and Anonymous Content’s David Morrison.

“Oblivion” also will become an illustrated novel, Radical Publishing’s first venture beyond comic books, done in a format featuring 40 fully painted landscape images that will accompany the prose.

Described as a “big sci-fi epic” set in a “post-apocalyptic Earth,” where civilization lives above the clouds and scavengers illegally collect artifacts from the polluted and destroyed surface below. The story centers on a battle-damaged soldier who, assigned to a desolate planet after a court-martial, patrols the bleak landscape in an effort to destroy the last vestiges of a primitive alien race. One day, he discovers a crashed spacecraft planetside- and a beautiful women within, who left on a science mission 60 years earlier. When she wakes up, she knows who he is, which doesn’t make any sense to him and together they have to unravel this mystery.

Radical’s Jesse Berger will executive produce.

Kosinski began Oblivion when he moved to Los Angeles four years ago, coming up with the concept as something to kick-start a feature directing career.

“I was looking to make a science fiction film that I could do on a budget,” Kosinski said of the initial concept. “It’s grown since then, but it’s intended to be a very spare science fiction film, with a small cast but big ideas and big landscapes.”

Kosinski met Levine during the recent WGA strike. Kosinski was impressed with Radical’s graphic novels and high-end art, and conversations led to “Oblivion” being turned into a book and film.

Source: THR

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Len Wiseman takes on Shrapnel

Posted by LiveFor on July 23, 2009

Len Wiseman has signed to develop and direct a film adaptation of the graphic novel Shrapnel for Radical Pictures.

Wiseman said was browsing comic-book stores with his 10-year-old daughter, Lily, when he happened upon the comic the day it hit shelves. He quickly had his agent at ICM scout the rights.

The graphic novel, which Radical Publishing teased at last year’s Comic-Con, describes a sci-fi future where humans have colonized the solar system and formed a Solar Alliance to govern the planets. The story focuses on Venus, the last rebellious holdout, and a self-exiled former Marine who teaches the colonists how to fight back.

“I am really drawn to the reluctant-hero story,” said Wiseman, who noted that the last hero he directed — John McClane in “Live Free or Die Hard” — fit that archetypal mold.

Being developed as a live-action pic, a 3D approach is considered possible. A video game is planned with Zombie Studios.

Wiseman is attached to direct “Motorcade” at DreamWorks from a Billy Ray screenplay and also will helm DreamWorks’ adaptation of the comic book “Atlantis Rising,” penned by Joby Harold, for a summer 2011 release.

Wiseman also plans to direct the video game adaptation “Gears of War” for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. and is producing the original sci-fi action thriller “Nonstop” for DreamWorks.

Source: THR

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Bousman to direct Abattoir

Posted by LiveFor on July 22, 2009

Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo! The Genetic Opera) will write and direct Abattoir for Radical Pictures.

Radical principal Barry Levine will produce with Bousman, and Jess Berger will be executive producer.

Radical’s publishing arm is in the process of turning the property into a graphic novel, based on the concept by Bousman and writing-producing partner Michael Peterson. Artwork for the graphic novel will be unveiled at Comic-Con.

In Abattoir a real estate agent assigned to clean up the remnants of a massacre that took place in a mansion he hopes to sell is visited by a twisted old man who draws the agent into a web of shadows, murders and massacres.

Source: Variety

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Bryan Singer to take the Freedom Formula

Posted by LiveFor on March 24, 2009

I mentioned Bryan Singer’s attachment to this back in July last year, but now there is a bit more information about it.

New Regency has acquired “Freedom Formula: Ghost of the Wasteland,” an adaptation of the Radical Publishing comicbook series that will be developed as a potential directing vehicle for Bryan Singer.

Michael Finch has been hired to write the script.

The comicbook has a futuristic premise in which fighter jets have been replaced by pilots who battle in racing exo-suits. The protag is a genetically engineered racer who learns his bloodline has the power to change society.

“Mike Finch came up with an incredible take that goes deeper into the mythology of the source material,” said Radical’s Levine, who is also working with Universal and Spyglass on the Radical comicbook title “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” with director Peter Berg attached and Ryan Condal writing the script, based on Steve Moore’s five-issue comicbook series.

Finch just made a sizable spec deal with Regency for “Medieval,” an action script set in the Middle Ages that he wrote with Alex Litvak.

Source: Variety

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Depp is going all Western – The Lone Ranger shooting soon and Caliber comic book continues

Posted by LiveFor on February 9, 2009

The Midland Reporter-Telegram out of Midland Texas reported on 2-8-09 that the Texas State Railroad’s new owner, the American Heritage Railway, said part of the Johnny Depp movie The Lone Ranger will be filmed on the railway in the coming months.

It’s still not clear who will be playing the Lone Ranger opposite Depp’s Tonto.

It was also recently announced at the New York Comic Con that Sam Sarkar’s Caliber, which along with Hercules was one of Radical Publishing’s debut books, will continue. Sarkar described the series as “King Arthur as a Western.” There is also a movie in the works, with Johnny Depp’s company producing and John Woo slated to direct.

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