Universal Grabs Rashida Jones' Comic Book Frenemy of the State
by Ethan Anderton
October 14, 2009
As countless graphic novels and comic books are being translated to film, one can't help but notice that there isn't much of a female presence in the pages or on the screen of these adaptations. Most of the stories are written and feature predominantly masculine themes and characters. This may be attributed to the fact that female-driven films like Aeon Flux, Catwoman and Elektra haven't been the strongest performers with critics and box office alike. But Variety reports that both the female written and driven graphic novel series Frenemy of the State from actress Rashida Jones (I Love You, Man) is headed to the big screen.
Brian Grazer (Imagine Entertainment) and Eric Gitter (Closed on Mondays) are producing the story which "revolves around a young wealthy heiress who works undercover for the CIA." Jones co-wrote the original comic and will co-write the script for the film along with actor Will McCormack (of ABC's "Brothers and Sisters"). While the two also worked on the script Celeste and Jesse Forever, an Overture Films project with Jones set to star, she says that Frenemy was not intended to be a role for her to star in. As she tells Variety:
"It's intended for a girl much younger than me, about age 20, an interesting age for girls as they make that scary jump to adulthood. She has lived a life of privilege, attended the best schools and learned every language, but her obsession with spying on exes gets her into trouble and she is recruited to be a spy in exchange for not going to prison. There is a comic element to it, this girl who is so conscious of social standing and wearing the right shoes, suddenly becoming responsible for these dangerous, life-threatening missions."
Sounds like Disney's "Kim Possible" got into some serious trouble and now has to figure out what outfit to wear and who's ass she's going to kick while wearing it. I'm all for more female-driven action concepts, because let's face it, films like The Dark Knight and Spider-Man are great, but it'd be nice if us guys didn't have to see primarily muscular men in tight spandex and rubber form-fitting suits fighting crime. Agree?
If you're interested, you can find out more about Rashida Jones' comic series Frenemy of the State over on the Nerdage blog. Oni Press just announced this series would be forthcoming back at Comic-Con this year.