Helmer where there's 'Smoke'


Jeffrey Nachmanoff, the writer-director behind "Traitor," is puffing "Billy Smoke," signing to direct the adaptation of the Oni Press comic book for Warner Bros.

Matthew Fox is attached to star in the assassin thriller, with Basil Iwanyk's Thunder Road producing along with Oni's Eric Gitter, who is producing through the company's film arm, Closed on Mondays Entertainment.

The story centers on an elite hit man who is nearly killed during a botched job. He realizes that his only way to find redemption is to rid the world of all assassins.

The comic book series, written by B. Clay Moore and illustrated by Eric Kim, will be published by Oni this year.

Oni's Peter Schwerin is exec producing "Smoke."

Warners' Matt Reilly shepherds the project at the studio.

Gersh-repped Nachmanoff is known for his work as a screenwriter. He co-wrote "The Day After Tomorrow" and worked on "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time." (partialdiff)