Hot off of news that he’s in talks to helm Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff Venom, Deadline reports that Chronicle director Josh Trank will develop the Warner Bros. adaptation of The Red Star, Christian Gossett’s Soviet-themed military fantasy comic. Jason Rothenberg (The Twilight Zone) will write the script.
Debuting in 1999, the lavishly produced comic combines 2D and 3D art to tell a story set in an alternate, even mythical, Soviet Union where futuristic technology and sorcery meet, gigantic flying warships fill the skies and the United Republics of the Red Star is embroiled in a war with Al’Istaan (a stand-in for Afghanistan). The first volume centers on Marcus Antares, an infantry platoon leader in the Red Fleet, and his wife Maya Vlasova, a sorceress-major, who become the keys to defeating a brutal enemy.
Acquired by Warner Bros. in July, The Red Star previously had been in development at Universal Pictures as a vehicle for as a vehicle for Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Neal Moritz will produce under his Original Films banner, along with Jason Netter of Kickstart Productions.
Chronicle, Trank’s $15 million found-footage superhero movie, has grossed $116 million since its release early last month, putting the 28-year-old filmmaker in the catbird seat: In addition to Venom, he’s also circling Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot — although, as Deadline notes, The Red Star is the first deal for a project with a writer attached.