EXCLUSIVE: Jesse Wigutow, who is writing the Tron sequel for Disney, has just closed a deal with Universal Pictures to script the graphic novel Fire, a pet project of Zac Efron, who is attached to star. Fire, based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and published by Icon Comics, is about a college student (Efron) who is recruited by the CIA only to find out he is being trained for a program that churns out expendable spies.
Efron and Bendis sold the project to Universal during Sundance three years ago with an eye for Efron to star from a script by Bendis. Wigutow previously worked on the Disney project Parallel and remake of The Crow and Lionsgate’s remake of The Osterman Weekend.
Fast & Furious 7 producing pro Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe are set to produce through Original Films with David Engel of Circle of Confusion. Efron and Jason Barrett will serve as executive prods.
Uni’s VP Production Anikah McLaren and creative executive Chloe Yellin are overseeing the project with Michael Simkin on behalf of Efron’s production company, Ninjas Runnin’ Wild Productions. Wigutow is repped by UTA and manager Tobin Babst of Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment. Efron by CAA and manager Jason Barrett. Bendis by Circle of Confusion.