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Jan 27th
07:32 pm
Zac Efron to star in graphic novel adaptation 'Fire'  
From THR Heat Vision Blog:

Universal is on “Fire.”

The studio has picked up the rights to the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis. Zac Efron is attached to star and will exec produce with his manager, Jason Barrett.

Neal Moritz is producing with David Engel of Circle of Confusion, the company that reps Bendis.

Written and drawn by Bendis before he went on to become one of Marvel Comics’ top writers, the story centers on a college student who is inducted into a special CIA project that tests whether training ordinary citizens to be agents can be successful.

The move puts Efron, who is also repped by CAA, and Bendis back with Universal. Efron is coming off of starring in the Burr Steers drama “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud,” while Bendis has an adaptation of his graphic novel “Jinx” set up at the studio.


Description of the graphic novel from Wikipedia

The story, a spy thriller, is centered on a young Jewish-American man named Benjamin "Ben" Furst, who is initially introduced as a college student studying political science. After passing several tests, including a fake mugging, he is recruited by a beautiful young woman named D. D. into the Central Intelligence Agency and told that he is going to be the first agent of Project Fire (hence the title of the comic), an experiment to test whether training agents out of ordinary citizens can be successful.

Ben passes and becomes an agent under the command of Linda Dagger. He is placed in England to pose as a journalist named Jake Donaldson, and he is dispatched from time-to-time to set up assassinations in places around the world ranging from Japan to Brazil. He gradually becomes disillusioned with his lifestyle and job, and he begins to suspect that he is being set-up himself.

One day, D. D., who had previously always treated him coldly, has sex with him. When Ben wakes up the next day, he is attacked by contract killers; Ben kills them and then breaks into CIA headquarters. He discovers that Project Fire is not a new experimental project, but rather something that has been going on for years; each such Project Fire agent is killed once the agent's superiors decide he has become a liability. Ben attempts to escape with the information, but he is captured by Linda Dagger.

Dagger sends D. D. to kill Ben, but Ben kills D. D. instead and escapes. He tries to send the information he has to a journalist to publicize, but before he can, at the end of the comic, Dagger finds him again and informs him that he either works for her or dies.
 
 
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summertimecarol_rio on January 28th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
Gaaaaaaaah...this got me so excited.
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nahbruhbeeonkaa on January 28th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
Lol FOREALSSSS. That was my exact thought too.


Either way, sounds cool.
butterflybee260: pic#92304424butterflybee260 on January 28th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)

mehhhhhhh...hm.

I'm reserving judgement until we know more.
The Writers Denmusewriter on January 28th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
I'm with you. At first I wondered if this was the same 'sexy thriller' we've been hearing about for months but I guess not.

I guess I'll wait for more info.
(no subject) - ehs_wildcats on January 28th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - butterflybee260 on January 28th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC) (Expand)
It's Audrey not Aubrey: AiW 1audrey_za on January 28th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Shit just got real, etc, etc.

Too excited (and late to dinner!!!!) to read. Basically, someone please tell me wtf is going on Cliff Notes version. Please kthanx.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on January 28th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
lol i can't make this concise. lol. me. omg. lol.

(no subject) - audrey_za on January 28th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Beejeezbee on January 28th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
As I said, I'm loving this.

  • It's a studio project - Uni

  • He's playing a student - not a teenager

  • It's a fanboy movie - good for the male demo

  • It's from an established, very good comic book writer

  • And while it's a spy thriller, he will still be believable in it because he's playing a normal student which gets pulled into this.

  • He's exec producing again

The only downside is that the project isn't going to happen anytime soon. They picked up the rights. There is no writer or script yet or director. But don't get me wrong, I love this project.
IceGoddess: why so serious dirty little secretccmskatechick on January 28th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
This could be good, kind of intrigued. Wish we had a semblence of a timeline.

I guess I'm just antsy to know what's going to be worked on next. Like to see boy back at work soon.
jessica3311: Interviewjessica3311 on January 28th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
Yes antsy to what he will be doing next is the question LOL
Isabelabelaserpa on January 28th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
"from Japan to Brazil."

aaah I'm already excited and I don't even know if there's any possibility of them doing part of the movie here!!
nahbruhbeeonkaa on January 28th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
Good shit. Finally tackling that male demo.


But ffs another film he && Jason are producing? Not that it's not a good thing, but eh. I'd like if he got a project without he or Jason having to produce it themselves/option the rights.

Either way, FINALLY. I can get behind a project like this.
oh my god; that crazy bitch.: v | let's get hotmetrocard on January 28th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
OMG BEE, WE SHARE THE SAME BRIAN.

1. I am always, always harping on about male demographic, male demographic!

2. WTF MANAGEMENT.

3. OMG FINALLY SOMETHING I CAN GET EXCITED ABOUT.
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oh my god; that crazy bitch.: v | got my toes on my pupmetrocard on January 28th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
Eek! Well I love the concept and have been dying to see him in something like this for ages.
butterflybee260: pic#92302850butterflybee260 on January 28th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)

If he's going to be playing a political science major, can he please have super sexy glass for at least part of the movie?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on January 28th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
fingers crossed lol

eta: lol that reminds me i was trying to photoshop a bunch of nerdy glasses on him. this was the dorkiest.



universal don't do that. do sexy glasses.

Edited at 2010-01-28 03:10 am (UTC)
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hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on January 28th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
thanks more details. let me update. plus that second thing.
(no subject) - jessica3311 on January 28th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC) (Expand)
nahbruhbeeonkaa on January 28th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on January 28th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
yeah i just posted. let's all move over there. :D

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Shruticalcified on January 28th, 2010 05:21 am (UTC)
Notwithstanding your, Diana, and Bee's concerns about his management/agent team's style of movie generation, I would say that I absolutely approve in terms of plot and character! This sound wonderrrrrrful. ♥