On the heels of a profitable rollout for “Godzilla vs. Kong,” director Adam Wingard remains booked.
The filmmaker is set to direct “Hardcore,” an adaptation of the comic book series from “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri.
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The property was described as an action/sci-fi thriller following a soldier’s journey as he saves the world without getting his hands dirty. The script is based on an original outline from Kirkman, which Wingard will adapt with up-and-coming writer Will Simmons (reboots for “Sleepy Hollow” and “Internal Affairs” at Paramount).
Wingard’s company Montauk Chair will produce. Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst will produce through the label Skybound. Universal Pictures Executive Vice President of Production Matt Reilly will oversee for the studio.
Wingard is repped by CAA, Grandview and Morris Yorn. Simmons is repped by UTA, Grandview and Mckuin Frankel Whitehead.
“Godzilla vs. Kong” was a big success story this spring, as global theaters reopened and coronavirus vaccinations trickled out worldwide. Launching in theaters on March 31, the monster showdown has topped $400 million at the box office, marking the highest-grossing release of the pandemic era. The film debuted simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. Wingard is also in talks to direct another monster-centric film for “Kong” producer Legendary Entertainment.
The first volume of the “Hardcore” series was written by Andy Diggle (“Thief of Thieves”) with art by Alessandro Vitti (“Secret Warriors”). Volume two was written by Brandon Thomas (“Excellence”) and Francis Portela (“Faith”). Silvestri’s credits include “Cyber Force” and “Rise of the Magi.”
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