Dead Snow Director Tommy Wirkola is Prepared to Stand in the Afterburn

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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

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)