Saturday, March 29, 2008

Maguire's Afterburn

Speaking of new comic book properties being made into movies, have you heard about Aferburn yet? Based on the Red 5 Comic, Afterburn which was recently announced to be in development for the big screen as a starring vehicle for T0by Maguire with the webslinger, and I Am Legend producer Neal Moritz behind the scenes. Although the first issue only hit stands this January the book, along with the other newly launched titles from newly developed company Red 5, has received some real notice.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the comic "is a sci-fi adventure set against the backdrop of a postapocalyptic Earth, whose Eastern Hemisphere was destroyed by a massive solar flare, leaving what life remains mutated from radiation and fallout. The story revolves around a group of treasure hunters who for the right price extract such objects as the Mona Lisa, the Rosetta Stone and the Crown Jewels while facing rival hunters, mutants and pirates along the way."

Now that's what I call a plot! Mutants and Pirates! fighting treasure hunters plundering the remains of a post-apocalyptic future. That's basically an awesome story. Right up my alley. I definitely am looking forward to seeing how this one develops. And I think it bodes well for Maguire to leave the webs behind and move into something like this. Its a bit older, and darker which is what he needs, but still serves his fans in the comic book geek-verse. Nice work.

While it doesn't say, I suspect they aren't even at the screenwriter stage yet, so this might be a ways off. But its still good that its in the works. And maybe that means we'll get Maguire's Robotech before Afterburn hits the screens. We shall have to wait and see.

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