Universal Captures <i>Agent 13</i>

Last week word surfaced that Oscar winner Charlize Theron and Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt had become attached to T.S. Nowlin's Agent 13, a sci-fi pitch at the center of a studio bidding war. Beyond that, no details were available. Now, with Heat Vision reporting that Universal Pictures has emerged triumphant, it turns out the project is an adaptation of a little-known series of novels and comics based on TSR's Top Secret role-playing games.

Created by Flint Dille and David Marconi, Agent 13 starred in three novels and two comics in the 1980s that Heat Vision describes as "having post-modern pulp overtones, replete with femme fatales and explosive cliffhanger." Set in the late 1930s, the books center on a kidnapped boy trained as a clandestine operative by the Brotherhood, a secret organization formed by the survivors of the lost civilization of Lemuria to guide the course of history. When the adult Agent 13 discovers that the leadership of the Brotherhood has become corrupt and intent on ruling the world, he flees and becomes embroiled in a deadly struggle to stop the organization.

It's unclear what role Theron will play, but Heat Vision insists Agent 13 will remain a male.

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