A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Josh Trank, the director of the found-footage superhero film Chronicle, was in negotiations to take on a Venom movie for Sony Pictures. There hasn’t been any update as to how the deal is coming along, but in the meantime, Trank has signed on to direct a comic book adaptation called The Red Star. Jason Rothenberg will write the script, which will blend Russian folklore and sorcery with futuristic technology in an alternate timeline USSR. The hero is a soldier who faces off against a tyrannical ex-leader who holds the country in his grasp. Read on for more.
For those of you unfamiliar with the comic (myself included), you might remember that a video game based on The Red Star was released for the Playstation 2 back in 2007. It’s an action-heavy story, and I think Trank is totally capable of handling the material. He made Chronicle for $12 million, and though I didn’t love the movie, it showed some promise and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does next. Rothenberg recently wrote The Twilight Zone for Warner Bros., which Cloverfield director Matt Reeves is attached to direct. What do you think about The Red Star?