'Torque' scribe sparks to 'Afterburn' for Relativity


Matt Johnson has been tapped to adapt the comic book "Afterburn" for Relativity Media. The film is being produced by Neal Moritz's Original Films and Toby Maguire's Maguire Entertainment banner.

"Afterburn," a sci-fi adventure based on books published by Red 5 Comics, is set against the backdrop of a postapocalyptic Earth whose Eastern Hemisphere was destroyed by a massive solar flare, leaving what life remains mutated from radiation and fallout. The story revolves around a group of treasure hunters who extract such objects as the Mona Lisa, the Rosetta Stone and the Crown Jewels while facing rival hunters, mutants and pirates.

Toby Jaffe is also producing.

Johnson, repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment, wrote the action thrillers "Torque" for Warner Bros. and "Into the Blue" for Columbia. He recently wrote the road-race adventure "Baja 1000" for Spyglass. (partialdiff)