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Ellis' Red gets green

06.12.2008
Looks like Hollywood is finally starting to recognize the peculiar genius of prolific comic writer Warren Ellis. Just last week the adaptation of his sci-fi title OCEAN started rolling forward, and now upstart Summit Entertainment (MICHAEL CLAYTON, CITY OF EMBER) has grabbed another one of his books, the DC/Wildstorm action-thriller RED.

The story (which is pretty straightforward compared to some of Ellis' wild "big idea" books like PLANETARY) revolves around a former CIA operative enjoying his retirement -- until the new company director discovers his secrets and decides to make it permanent. The screenplay is being written by brothers Erich and Jon Hoeber, who adapted Greg Rucka's comic WHITEOUT to screens (Kate Beckinsale stars).

Although the book was published by DC, parent company Warner Bros. isn't behind the movie (which reportedly took two years of extricating). But producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is involved, and he knows something about bringing material (G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS) to theaters.

Ellis' book GLOBAL FREQUENCY was previously adapted to television, but never got approved past the pilot (despite its popularity when leaked online).
Extra Tidbit: I'd love to see Ellis' new book BLACK SUMMER get the movie treatment, but since it starts with a rogue superhero killing the President and his staff, it probably has an uphill climb.

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