The screenwriter currently working on Disney's sequel to Tron: Legacy, Jesse Wigutow, has just been hired by Universal Pictures to script a feature film version of the graphic novel Fire. The story comes from Brian Michael Bendis and was published by Icon Comics. It's about a college student who is recruited by the CIA only to find out he is being trained for a program that churns out expendable spies.
This is a project that Zac Efron has been trying to get off the ground, and he will play the college student in the story. Efron and Bendis sold the project to Universal during Sundance three years ago, and it's still slowly moving forward.
Wigutow has also worked on a Disney project called Parallel and a remake of The Crow. This sounds like it will make for a good film project, and here's a more detailed story description.
Imagine that you are a shy, quiet college student. Just an average guy trying to get through each day as best he can. Then your government contacts you. They want you to be part of an experiment in the art of human covert operations. Instead of creating an agent from someone within their own ranks, they want to create an agent from nobody, from scratch, from you! Loosely based on events in the American intelligence community during the Reagan administration, Fire tells the unique and powerful story of a young man's journey through the complex world of international intelligence. Fire was Bendis' first major work and helped him attract and develop a new audience for crime graphic novels that he would further challenge in later works such as Jinx, Goldfish, Torso, and Powers.
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