Duo option indie comic 'Forgotten'

John Wells, Don Murphy sign for tale of lonesome superhero

John Wells and Don Murphy are tying strings to their fingers for "The Forgotten."

The producers, through their respective companies John Wells Prods. and Angryfilms, have teamed to option rights to the independent comic.

Wells will produce with his company's president, Claire Polstein. Angryfilms' Susan Montford also is producing.

The comic centers on a man who, no matter what he does or whom he meets, is forgotten five minutes later. While it gives him great power and leeway as far as investigations and problem-solving, it leaves him incredibly alone. When the son of a long-lost friend is charged wrongly with murder, he uses his powers to get to the bottom of a conspiracy.

"Forgotten," published and co-created by Evan Young and Jareth Grealish, was unveiled in 2004 at the San Diego ComicCon. The duo published a four-issue series and a collectors edition. The comic is described as having the feel of "Memento" and in the Philip K. Dick tradition.

Wells is directing "The Company Men," an indie drama starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner.

Murphy is a producer on "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and most recently produced Montford's Kim Basinger thriller "While She Was Out."