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Actress Hilary Swank is no stranger to playing strong women. Swank delves into the sci-fi genre with Radical Pictures in this next project, Shrapnel. The film adapts the sci-fi comic of the same name written by Nick Sagan and M. Zachary Sherman and created by Sagan and Mark Long.
Shrapnel takes place in 2250 and centers on “a former Solar Alliance Marine who organizes a revolt on Venus, the last free colony, against an oppressive solar government in order to fight for the freedom of her people.” The story is said to have “elements of a Western.”
According to Variety, Radical has snagged scribe Toby Wagstaff to write the script. A director has not been set yet though there is significant interest in the project by top directors. The project began as a trilogy of graphic novels through Radical Publishing. There is also an iPhone game based on Shrapnel.
Barry Levine, »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
 Zac Efron and Seth Rogen are set to team up for an untitled R-rated comedy based on a pitch by Judd Apatow associates Andrew Cohen and Brendan O'Brien. The pairing itself seems unlikely enough, but perhaps even more surprising is which role each actor will play -- in this film, it'll be funnyman Rogen who plays the straight man, while the clean-cut Efron tackles the part of a hard-partying frat boy. The story revolves around Rogen's character, a normal guy with the bad fortune to live next door to Efron's loud, obnoxious frat house. Rogen is also set to produce the film along with his partner Evan Goldberg. [Deadline ] After the jump, Hilary Swank picks up a graphic novel adaptation, while Ruben Fleischer's star-studded Gangster Squad loses a cast member. Hilary Swank will be boarding the comic book movie bandwagon with Shrapnel, based on a graphic novel written by Nick Sagan »
- Angie Han
Comic Book adaptations show no sign of vanishing from the screen, and now Hilary Swank wants to make an entry into this booming genre.
One problem might be the shortage of strong female characters. Even DC's Wonder Woman has struggled to make a comeback on TV.
But Radical Comics has come to the rescue.
The award-winning actress from Million Dollar Baby is to be the star, as well as a producer, for a film version of its title Shrapnel.
Written by Nick Sagan and M. Zachary Sherman, the series follows an exiled soldier, Samantha 'Sam' Vijaya, who has sought refuge on Venus, our system's last free planet, in the year 2250. But when a war between the free rebellion on Venus and the Solar Alliance puts Sam in the middle of the conflict, she's forced to take up arms with the rebels and combat the Alliance.
Swank will »
- David Bentley
Hilary Swank will star in and co-produce Radical Pictures' feature adaptation of the sci-fi comic "Shrapnel."According to Variety, Toby Wagstaff will write the screenplay.The Radical Publishing comic was written by Nick Sagan and M. Zachary Sherman, from an original idea by Sagan and Mark Long.No director or studio is attached yet.The futuristic story, set in 2250, centers on a former Marine (Swank) who leads a revolt on Venus against an oppressive planetary government.Radical's Barry Levine will produce with Swank and Sean Daniel.The Oscar-winning Swank recently starred in "Conviction" and will be seen in the ensemble romantic comedy "New Year's Eve" this December. »
- Adnan Tezer
The year is 2250. The Milky Way is under control of a unified galactic government, but the last free colony on Venus won't kneel. And so a former Solar Alliance Marine leads her people in a stand against the oppressive regime. Sounds like the plot of a comic-book or video game, right? Well, that's because it is. Shrapnel is a comic created by Nick Sagan (son of famed astronomer and Contact writer Carl Sagan) and M. Zachary Sherman for Radical Comics, and now Radical Picture has selected it for the big screen treatment. They've now signed Toby Wagstaff to pen the screenplay and Hilary Swank to star as Sam, the former Marine who saves her people. Barry Levine, Sean Daniel and Swank are onboard as producers. Variety...
According to reports, Oscar winning actress Hilary Swank will star and produce a big screen adaptation of "Shrapnel" for Radical Pictures, based on the 2009, 5-issue Radical Publishing comic book series by Nick Sagan, M. Zachary Sherman and Mark Long.
Screenplay by Toby Wagstaff will be set in the year 2250, focusing on a former 'Solar Alliance Marine' (Swank), who spearheads an uprising on the last free colony of Venus, against an oppressive solar government.
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- Michael Stevens
Radical Publishing already has their high concept sci-fi comic book Oblivion set up as a feature film at Universal under the title of Horizons with Tom Cruise signed to star and Tron Legacy director Joe Kosinski set to direct the film. Now the comic book company has just announced yet another adaptation of one of their properties as Variety reports their film production banner Radical Pictures has set Hilary Swank to star in and produce a feature film version of Nick Sagan and M. Zachary Sherman's comic book trilogy Shrapnel. The futuristic story follows a former military officer who organizes a revolt on the planet Venus. The project initially started as a graphic novel trilogy but has also expanded into mobile gaming with an iPhone game in the Apple App Store and another multiplayer game on the way soon. As for the film, Radical head Barry Levine says, "Hilary »
- Ethan Anderton
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank is about to hop into the thick of comic book movie madness, but she's not avoiding the flying shrapnel — she's running straight towards it.
Variety reports that Swank, who won Academy Awards for her devastating performances in "Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby," is headed to Venus in an adaptation of Radical Publishing's sci-fi graphic novel series "Shrapnel."
Based on a trilogy penned by Nick Sagan and M. Zachary Sherman, "Shrapnel" centers on a former Solar Alliance Marine who leads a revolution on Venus in the far future. Toby Wagstaff has been hired by Radical Pictures to adapt the project.
“Hilary came to Radical excited to find a project with a strong female protagonist that could show off her abilities to do action films," Radical president Barry Levine says of the film. "With Hilary being an actors actor, 'Shrapnel' will give a whole »
- Josh Wigler
Hilary Swank has signed on to star and produce “Shrapnel”, a sci-fi action movie that will be based on the comic book of the same name by Nick Sagan and M. Zachary Sherman, based on the concept by Sagan and Mark Long. Not to be mistaken with another action movie called “Shrapnel” by “Die Hard” director John McTiernan, the Swank version will find the “Million Dollar Baby” actress playing a former military officer who organizes a revolt on the planet Venus. Set in the year 2250, the story follows a former Solar Alliance Marine, to be played by Swank, who spearheads an uprising on Venus, the last free colony, against an oppressive solar government in order to fight for the freedom of her people. Toby Wagstaff will adapt the comic book for Radical Pictures, who also recently set up Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi “Oblivion” at Universal. Like most comic book publishers »
Anyone ready for a little trip to Venus? Make that space machine show year 2250, and jump in! Hilary Swank will be in charge for this trip, since we’ve just learned she will produce and star in Shrapnel!
For those of you who have no idea what that thing is, we’re actually talking about an adaptation of the Radical comic of the same name. Yeah, yeah, you with iPhone are definitely familiar with Shrapnel, so check out the rest of this report for more details…
So, as guys from Variety report, Radical Pictures has signed Toby Wagstaff to adapt the graphic novel trilogy written by Nick Sagan and M. Zachary Sherman, from an original creation by Sagan and Mark Long.
As we mentioned, the whole story is set in the year 2250, and it follows a former Solar Alliance Marine who spearheads an uprising on Venus, the last free colony, »
Hilary Swank will star in and produce a big screen adaptation of "Shrapnel" at Radical Pictures, reports Variety . Nick Sagan and M. Zachary Sherman wrote the comic book, which is based on an original creation by Sagan and Mark Long. The comic is set in the year 2250 and follows a former Solar Alliance Marine (Swank), who spearheads an uprising on Venus, the last free colony, against an oppressive solar government in order to fight for the freedom of her people. Toby Wagstaff will write the script for the sci-fi film. Radical president Barry Levine will produce with Swank and Sean Daniel ( The Mummy ) of the Sean Daniel Co., while Radical executive VP Jesse Berger will executive produce with Untitled Entertainment partner Jason Weinberg and Long. "Hilary »
Double Oscar winner Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby, Boys Don’t Cry) has long wanted to diversify her roles and no matter how many horror flops she leads in-between her successful dramatic work (The Reaping, The Resident), she keeps coming back and fighting for more. She wants a genre franchise damnit and she won’t be happy until she has one! Maybe, this will be it….
Out at Comic Con, Radical Pictures have announced that Swank will star and produce a big screen adaptation of the Shrapnel futuristic graphic novel, which they hope to turn into an action/sci-fi property with elements of a classical western!
Written by Nick Sagan and M . Zachary Sherman, and created by Sagan and Mark Long – the movie version of the comic series will focus on the events from the first volume entitled Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising. Toby Wagstaff (Diamonds in the Rough) wrote the script »
- Aaron Gerrity
Actress Hilary Swank has been in the market for a "strong action vehicle" for some time apparently. Now with Shrapnel - an adaptation of the Radical comic by Nick Sagan, M. Zachary Sherman, and Mark Long - she'll finally get her chance, as Variety reports that the two-time Oscar winner will be starring in as well as producing the sci-fi epic. The film will be written by Toby Wagstaff (Arena) and will focus on an ex-military officer who organizes a revolt on the planet Venus. »
- George Merchan
Hilary Swank is attached to produce and star in Shrapnel, an adaptation of the Radical comic of the same name. Variety hears Swank has long sought a "strong action vehicle," and finally found it in this story of a former military officer who leads a revolt on Venus in the year 2250. (Sidebar: never get involved in a land war on Venus.) Radical Pictures has signed Toby Wagstaff to adapt the graphic novel trilogy written by Nick Sagan and M. Zachary Sherman. The property was recently turned into an iPhone game, and will soon be a multiplayer game courtesy of Zombie Studios. Several "top directors" are reportedly circling the film adaptation, though Variety mentions no names. Hit the jump for quotes from the producers (including Swank) and the official comic synopsis. Radical president Barry Levine boasted about Swank's involvement: "Hilary came to Radical excited to find a project with a strong »
- Brendan Bettinger
Today's small nuggets of news are decent, but nothing mind-bending. I am interested to see what Alex Proyas will do with "Paradise Lost" and after V for Vendetta I continue to hope James McTeigue will have a repeat performance.
Bradley Cooper (The Hangover Part II) is set to star as Lucifer in Paradise Lost, an adaptation of John Milton's epic 1667 poem, for Alex Proyas (Knowing, Dark City) to direct. The story revolves around the fall of man and the classic battle of good vs. evil, telling along the way the story of Satan/Lucifer, the angel who tries to overthrow God, and the temptation of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. The film will be shot at Sydney's Fox Studios for an anticipated 2013 release. It's fascinating to see Legendary finally moving forward on this project having first reported on it five years ago when »
- Brad Brevet
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