Universal all aboard 'Last Call'


Universal has picked up the rights to the Oni Press graphic novel series "The Last Call" and has set Evan Spiliotopoulos to adapt. Barry Josephson and Oni's Eric Gitter are producing.

Written and illustrated by Vasilis Lolos and first published in 2007, the horror adventure series is about two teens on a joyride who get hit by a "ghost train," which is carrying souls from this dimension to another. They wake up on the train and try to solve a mystery that will allow them to return to their regular lives.

Josephson is producing via his Barry Josephson Prods. Gitter produces via Closed on Mondays Entertainment, Oni's producing arm.

Alexander Young of Josephson Prods. brought the project to the studio and will co-produce.

Universal's Erik Baiers and Maradith Frenkel are overseeing.

Josephson, who most recently produced Disney's "Enchanted," is in postproduction on the kids adventure movie "They Came From Upstairs" for Fox.

Spiliotopoulos, who made a name working on projects including "The Lion King 11/2" and "Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie," wrote "The Box" for Fox.

Oni has been making regular dial-ups to Universal, with "Last Call" being the fourth project set up there. "Scott Pilgrim" is readying production, with Edgar Wright directing and Michael Cera starring. Also on the docket are "Leading Man" and "Resurrection."

Oni and Spiliotopoulos are repped by UTA. (partialdiff)