Sci-fi projects are still a hot commodity, with Paramount closing a deal for the rights to Insurrection, a Boom! Studios comic created by writer Blake Masters. Masters is also attached to pen the script.
Powerhouse producers Michael De Luca and Matt Tolmach are teaming up to the produce the adaptation, which will also be produced by Boom!’s Ross Richie.
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A sort of sci-fi Spartacus, Insurrection is a set in a future where corporations are more powerful than governments and command their own armies. The armies consist of clones who, for decades, have been treated like a sub-class. That all changes when one man stands up and leads a revolution that has vast repercussions.
Masters created the 2006 crime show Brotherhood and was a shorwunner for Law & Order: LA. He's also worked on feature films, and, while scripting Universal and Emmett/Furla’s adaptation Boom! comic 2 Guns, met the comic company’s principals. That led to Insurrection, which debuted in early 2011.
Masters is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.
This is the second sci-fi epic this week Paramount is involved in. The studio is in negotiations to pick up the spec Our Name is Adam which has Tom Cruise attached and is envisioned as a four-quadrant tentpole.
De Luca recently wrapped production on Captain Phillips, the true-life Somali pirate tale starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Keener.
Tolmach in pre-production on the sequel to Amazing Spider-Man, which will reunite director Marc Webb with stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone while also adding Shailene Woodley.
Richie is a producer on 2 Guns, which will released by August 16, 2013