Chronicle director Josh Trank has signed on to his next film project. He'll be developing an adaptation of the graphic novel The Red Star, which is being written by Jason Rothenberg (Twilight Zone). This is the first deal that Trank has landed since Chronicle, but he's been in talks with Fox about Fantastic Four and the Spider-Man spin-off film for Sony Pictures, Venom.
The movie is being set up at Warner Bros. and is a Soviet-themed sci-fi fantasy created by Christian Gossett. The story for the comic "is set in an alternate USSR where futuristic technology co-mingles with magical elements. The protagonist is a Red Fleet soldier who goes up against an ex-leader who rules with an iron fist." The comic was inspired by both Russian folklore and military history, and is heavily reminiscent of a post-World War II Soviet Russia, mixing technology and sorcery.
This has the potential to be an amazing movie. I love the concept of the story, it sounds like it would translate very well to the big screen, and it seems like this would be a great second film project for him to work on. Does this sound like a movie you'd be interested in watching? If you've read the comic book, let us know if what you think about it getting a big screen adaptation!
Here's the description of the first volume of the series:
Over the course of several generations, the once mighty empire known as the United Republics of The Red Star slaughtered millions of it's own people by the order of a single man. The man was their leader, Imbohl, a mighty sorcerer whose insanity turned his people's Utopian dreams into a nightmarish scheme driven by the desire to create his own immortality. Haunted by the ghosts of their nation's tragic past, the Heroes of the Red Star discover the true nature of their nation's struggle, abandon their duties as soldiers of the Red Fleet, and embark upon a quest to liberate their people from Imbohl's dark legacy. The Battle of Kar Dathra's Gate is a fictionalization of the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. This unapologetic romantic saga utilizing the same 3-D modeling technology as today's best selling video games and animated features while heralding the dawn of a new era in visual storytelling.