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Holy Moses: DC Comics sees RED

13/06/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The same chap that is making the Transformers II movie (and GI Joe the film), Di Bonaventura, has just signed up to bring DC Comic's RED to the big screen. It's a dark near-future tale of a retired secret agent that has to get back into the game to discover who the oddly high-tech assassins are that are putting he and his family in the firing line. Meet Frank Moses, super-spy-guy. DC Comics have been having a good run recently, what with The Dark Knight and the Watchmen flicks coming up.

Summit Movies told SFcrowsnest it has purchased the movie rights to WildStorm/DC Comics' grahic novel RED. Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber will pen the fantasy action film. Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce the film. Mark Vahradian will serve as producer. Gregory Noveck at DC Comics will serve as executive producer.

Erik Feig at Summit told the Nest, "We love this idea, we love the Hoebers, and we love Lorenzo di Bonaventura - who has the knack, along with Mark Vahradian, of finding great source material and turning it into homerun movie franchises. We are also thrilled and honored that WildStorm/DC Comics has picked Summit as the first studio outside their corporate parent with which to make a movie."

"RED is a great miniseries from one of today's most visceral comic book creators," noted Noveck for DC. "Warren's writing and Cully's images have provided a great jumping off point for the Hoebers, who have fashioned a great world and really fun and engaging characters. We look forward to working with Lorenzo and Mark as well as Erik, Geoff and everyone at summit to take the audience on a thrilling ride."

Bonaventura added, "This is great material and I'm so glad to be working with Summit on this project as we both love the comic book and have similar ideas of how to turn this material into a really cool movie."

Based on the WildStorm/DC Comics graphic novel written by Warren Ellis, RED tells the story of Frank Moses, a former black-ops CIA agent living a sedate life in retirement until the day an oddly hi-tech assassin shows up intent on whacking him out. With his secret identity compromised and his girl, Sarah, in danger, Frank has to put back together his old team to work out who is out to get him.

Forthcoming movie releases for DC Comics include the Dark Knight and Watchmen. Di Bonaventura is currently in production on GI JOE, also based on a comic book. He begins production on Transformers 2 this summer. Di Bonaventura also recently finished production on Nowhereland starring Eddie Murphy.

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