October 22, 2012 9:00am PT by Borys Kit
Comic 'Insurrection' to Become Film at Paramount (Exclusive)
Sci-fi projects are still a hot commodity, with Paramount closing a deal for the rights to Insurrection, a Boom! Studios comic created by writer Blake Masters. He is also attached to pen the script.
Powerhouse producers Michael De Luca and Matt Tolmach are teaming up for the adaptation, which also will be produced by Boom!’s Ross Richie.
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A sort of sci-fi Spartacus, Insurrection is a set in a future where corporations are more powerful than governments and command their own armies. The armies consist of clones who, for decades have been treated like a subclass. That all changes when one man stands up and leads a revolution that has vast repercussions.
Masters created Brotherhood, the crime-and-politics drama that ran from 2006-08 on Showtime, and was a showrunner for NBC's Law & Order: LA. He also has worked on feature films; he met the comic company’s principals while scripting Universal and Emmett/Furla’s adaptation Boom! comic 2 Guns. That led to Insurrection, which debuted in early 2011.
Masters is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.
Insurrection is the second sci-fi epic Paramount has become involved with in the past week. The studio is in negotiations to pick up the spec Our Name Is Adam, which has Tom Cruise attached and is envisioned as a four-quadrant tentpole.
De Luca recently wrapped production on Captain Phillips, the true-life Somali pirate tale starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Keener.
Tolmach in preproduction on the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, which will reunite director Marc Webb with stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone while adding Shailene Woodley.
Richie is a producer on 2 Guns, which will released by Aug. 16.