TRON Sequel Writer To Pen Adaptation Of Bendis’ FIRE; Zac Efron Set To Star
A big screen adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis’ Fire has been in the works at Universal for a couple years now. Former Disney star and teen heart throb Zac Efron has been attached to star in the project, even taking part in selling the project to the studio three years ago at Sundance. Today comes news, via Deadline, that the studio has found a scribe to take on the script for the film. For a long while, it was thought that Bendis himself would tackle the script, but that is apparently not the case.
Jesse Wigutow has signed a deal with Universal to write the film. Wigutow is most know for taking on the long-gestating script for Disney’s Tron: Legacy sequel. He’s also worked on the script for the upcoming reboot of The Crow, which is starring Luke Evans.
Fire centers on a college student who is recruited by the CIA as a part of a new program that tests whether or not ordinary citizens can be converted to CIA operatives. He soon discovers that these test subjects are only being used as expendable spies. Some have compared it to a take on the Jason Bourne films, so there may be some potential here. Efron has been working to ditch his Disney image for the last few years and can next be seen in That Awkward Moment along with Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller, and The Neighbors opposite Seth Rogan.