'Ash' movie development fires up again

The animated feature film based on Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti's"Ash" comic is once again showing signs of life. The comic book,published under the pair's now-defunct Event Comics shingle, was optioned overfive years ago for development as a film for Dreamworks.

Now, a source at Mad Chance,the production house behind the development efforttells us a new screenwriter was recently hired write a new script for"Ash."

Newcomer Todd Galicano will be penning the latest draft of the movie. Ourunderstanding is that Galicano will start fresh on the project. The script isexpected to be completed soon.

"Ash" tells the story of a Chicago fire fighter who, after beingtrapped in a mysterious blaze, finds he can transform into fire-wieldingwarrior. Fire fighters and super heroes are popular subject in the movie bizmaking "Ash" a hot commodity. 

Quesada, who fans know is now Editor-in-Chief at Marvel comics, offered thesecomments about the news:

"As is evident by the amount of time that has gone by since the initial'Ash' deal and now, the project has been in a sort of limbo. We've always feltstrongly about the 'Ash' concept and I've always been a firm believer as I'msure Jimmy has that it would eventually get kick started again. The idea is justtoo cool! The way I see it the project is at Dreamworks and that means that itcouldn't be in better hands and I'm sure once things get moving on it againJimmy and I will be in the mix in some form or fashion."

The latest cinematic offering from Mad Chance was the quirky Chuck Barrisbiopic "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," a film definitely worthchecking out.

Keep checking C2F/CBR News for more "Ash" updates as the projectprogresses.

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