Never heard of “Afterburn”? Apparently it’s a comic book, and some people really sem to love it. I hope these obscure book-loving individuals really enjoyed “Dead Snow”, because director Tommy Wirkola is the latest filmmaker attached to the project. Back in 2010, Antoine Fuqua was ready to tackle the project with Gerard Butler in the lead, but, as you may already have guessed, that project never came to fruition. Honestly, I love Wirkola’s style, and if anyone has the chops to pull off a movie involving mutants, pirates, and post-apocalyptic landscapes, it’s that guy. No offense to Fuqua, of course.
Here’s what the whole thing’s supposed to be about:
Based on the graphic novel by Scott Chitwood and Paul Ens, Afterburn is set in a future where solar flares have left half the world a ravaged wasteland filled with mutants and pirates. Buried beneath the ash and rubble are priceless artifacts and some of the world’s most valuable works of art — for which wealthy Americans will pay any price. The story centers on a treasure hunter who leads his team into the quarantine zone, braving rival bounty hunters, rogue armies, pirate gangs and deadly mutants along the way.
If rumors are to be believed, Gerard Butler is still attached to the project. Tobey Maguire, meanwhile, is producing the film, which kind of makes sense considering he’s the one who optioned the book in the first place. As soon as some scripting issues are hammered out, the project should, in theory, move forward. As fan of mutants, pirates, and post-apocalyptic landscapes, I’ll be interested to see how this one plays out.
Via : Hollywood Reporter