Chronicle Director Josh Trank to Adapt The Red Star Comic Book
03.20.12 by BJSprecher
Even before his feature directorial debut, the low-budgeted "superhero" movie Chronicle, opened in theaters, Josh Trank was being courted to take the reins of a comic book adaptation with some serious bank behind it. A couple weeks before Chronicle opened, word leaked out that 20th Century Fox was hot for Trank to direct a Fantastic Four reboot. Then, after Chronicle proved to be a success at the box office, Sony set their sites on Trank to take over the Spider-Man franchise spin-off, Venom.
It now appears that Trank's next feature will be a comic book adaptation, but it won't be Fantastic Four or Venom. According to Deadline, Trank will develop and direct an adaptation of The Red Star, Christian Gossett's Soviet Russia-themed sci-fi/fantasy series that takes place in an alternate reality where technology and magic co-exist. Neal Moritz (Battle: Los Angeles, Fast Five) is producing The Red Star for Warner Bros. through his Original Film shingle.
Here's the synopsis of Red Star, Vol. 1 - The Battle of Kar Dathras Gate from its listing on Amazon:
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.