Chronicle Director Adapting The Red Star

Josh Trank signs on to film Christian Gossett’s graphic novel for Warner Bros.

A few weeks ago we reported on Josh Trank’s possible involvement in Spider-Man spin-off Venom, but the Chronicle director has now found his next film.

Deadline report Trank will direct an adaptation of Christian Gossett’s graphic novel The Red Star for Warner Bros.

The sci-fi comic is set in an alternate USSR where futuristic technology co-mingles with magical elements, with the protagonist a Red Fleet soldier who goes up against a ruthless ex-leader. Jason Rothenberg is scripting after his Twilight Zone screenplay was picked up by Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves.

Since making his astonishing debut with the $12 million Chronicle, which opened to rave reviews and a $116 million gross in February. Written by Max Landis, the found-footage superpower movie was a breath of fresh air in the tired genre, thanks to stunning set sequences and brilliant lead actors Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan. Read our review here.

Trank’s name had been bandied about for Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot and Venom at Sony, but we’re thrilled he’s heading into uncharted territory.