“Who is Jake Ellis?” remains the question at 20th Century Fox, but a new director is joining the film adaptation of Nathan Edmondson and Tonci Zonjic‘s comic book series. Previously announced with “Harry Potter” franchise veteran David Yates attached to direct, the project — simply titled “Jake Ellis” — is now moving forward with “James White” director Josh Mond, as reported Thursday by Deadline. The project is reportedly currently seeking a screenwriter.
2015’s “James White” was Mond’s debut feature as a director, which received widespread recognition on the festival circuit, including the NEXT Audience Award at that year’s Sundance Film Festival. Mond, who also wrote “James White,” has also produced acclaimed indie films including “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Simon Killer.”
Yates had been attached to a “Jake Ellis” adaptation since 2013. He directed two 2016 feature films, the recently released “The Legend of Tarzan” and the November-premiering “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Yates has already been confirmed to direct a “Fantastic Beasts” sequel.
Here’s Deadline’s description of the “Jake Ellis” film adaptation: “This pic will center on Silas, who has his life turned upside down when the voice in his head, Jake Ellis, turns out to be a secret human-experimentation operation. Silas must learn to listen to the voice to save himself, but also to figure out how he became involved in this mission and how to get the voice out.”
“Who is Jake Ellis?” was released in 2011 as a five-issue miniseries from Image Comics, a spy series focused on former CIA analyst Jon Moore and the mysterious titular Jake Ellis. A sequel — also a five-issue miniseries, titled “Where is Jake Ellis?” — followed in 2012.
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