Paramount has picked up the rights to Image's Shadowline comic book Existence 2.0, and have tapped Smallville writer-producers Miles Millar and Alfred Gough to adapt the action comic for the big-screen.
Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form's genre division Platinum Dunes, will be breaking out of the horror remake mode, with Existence being the first project being the first Paramount has bought them since signing them to a first-look deal back in October.
Gough and Millar have already been working with Bay; adapting the young-adult book I Am Number Four, which Bay is producing for DreamWorks.
Written by Nick Spencer with art by Ronald Salas, Existance 2.0 centers on an amoral, self-absorbed physicist who finds his consciousness transferred into the body of the hitman who just killed him. He begins enjoying the hitman's lifestyle until his daughter is kidnapped by the same people who "killed" him.
I haven't read the comic, but the premise sounds pretty interesting. I'd love to give Gough and Millar the comic street cred they deserve with 9 seasons of Smallville and Spider-man 2 to their credit, but I've still got a sore spot that they produced Hannah Montana: The Movie.
Gough and Millar will also executive produce Existance, with Circle of Confusion's Rick Jacobs.