'Fast and Furious' Producer to Adapt Comic 'Talent' for Film (Exclusive)

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Neal Moritz and his Original Films banner picked up 'Talent' via their discretionary fund.

Fast & Furious franchise producer Neal Moritz is teaming up with Boom! Studios to adapt the comic company’s action thriller Talent.

Moritz and Original Films banner picked up Talent via their discretionary fund. The project was previously set up at Universal, however Moritz and Boom! are starting from the ground up.

The comic tells of a college professor who is the sole survivor of a plane wreck and who slowly discovers he's inherited the abilities of the passengers who've died. He puts his new talents to use as he finds himself chased down by members of a shadowy cabal.

It was created and written by Christopher Golden (Baltimore) and Tom Sniegoski (Fallen) and illustrated by Paul Azaceta (Outcast).

Producing with Moritz will be Original’s Toby Jaffe. Boom! CEO and founder Ross Richie and president of development Stephen Christy are producing for Boom! The latter’s vp Adam Yoelin is executive producing.

Boom! has a first-look deal with Fox, but Talent is the first project to find a home outside that relationship. Moritz has a first-look deal with Sony where he produces movies such as the 21 Jump Street films, among others, so Talent could eventually land there.

The activity on Talent also shows how Boom! continues to mine its deep catalog as the title, as well as Mouse Guard and Irredeemable, both of which are in development at Fox, are comics that were first published over five years ago. That goes against industry norms, where rights to comics and books tend to be acquired even before they are published.

Boom! is in post on The Empty Man, the adaptation of its supernatural thriller comic that stars James Badge Dale.

Moritz is coming off of Passengers, the sci-fi movie that starred Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, and is a producer on The Fate of the Furious, the latest Fast & Furious installment, which hits screens April 14.