Tommy Wirkola Now Directing Gerard Butler in 'Afterburn' Adaptation
After delivering the Nazi zombie horror flick Dead Snow, director Tommy Wirkola moved on to a Hollywood project with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (which won't arrive in theaters until January of 2013). Now the filmmaker is staying in English-language films as Heat Vision has heard Wirkola will be at the helm of an adaptation of Scott Chitwood and Paul Ens' graphic novel Afterburn. We haven't heard about this project since late 2010 when Antoine Fuqua was said to direct with Gerard Butler starring. The actor is still attached, but obviously Fuqua will not be directing.
For a little more explanation of the comic book's story, here's the official synopsis from Red 5 Comics:
In the near future, a massive solar flare strikes the dayside of the Earth, utterly destroying the Eastern Hemisphere. Europe, Africa, Asia, India and Russia are turned into wastelands. What life remains becomes mutated from radiation and fallout. This is the backdrop for Red 5 Comics’ upcoming adventure series, Afterburn.
Beneath the ash, death and tragedy, treasures both modern and ancient lay unclaimed. Enter Jake and his team of “recovery experts”. For the right price, they are willing to enter the quarantine zone to retrieve items for rich Western clients. The Mona Lisa, the Rosetta Stone, the Crown Jewels — no job is too big or small. Along the way, they must face rival treasure hunters, rogue armies, pirate gangs, and hostile mutants. But as the saying goes — amid chaos, there’s profit.
Comic writer Scott Chitwood describes the series as, "Indiana Jones meets Mad Max, but instead of ancient artifacts in cob-webbed temples in traditional pulp adventure, we open up the first issue with Jake stealing the Mona Lisa from the ruins of the Louvre. That pretty much set the tone for the whole series.” Sadly, screenwriter Matt Johnson, the scribe behind Into the Blue and Torque was the man behind the script with A Man Apart writer Christian Gudegast doing a rewrite. But that was over a year and a half ago, so who knows how many writers might have touched up the script since then. Hopefully it turns out all right since the concept is perfect for the big screen. Anyone interested?