11/17/2010

Antoine Fuqua, Gerard Butler team up for 'Afterburn'

I can scarcely think of a more appropriate pairing.  Gerard Butler and Brooklyn's Finest director Antoine Fuqua are set to team-up for a big screen adaptation of Afterburn, Red 5's 2008 sci-fi comic featuring an earth that has been devastated by a massive solar flare. The first draft of the script was written by Matt Johnson(Into the Blue), but according to Deadline a rewrite is in the works and in the hands of Christian Gudegast. Gudegast wrote the script for the Vin Diesel actioner, A Man Apart, which wasn't all that bad. Tobey Maguire is along for the ride as co-producer on the project.

It's assumed that Butler will play the main character of Jake, a treasure hunter who heads to the Earth's surface to scrounge for any left over valuables after the disaster.  I never had a chance to read Afterburn, but I heard decent things about it. Check out the full synopsis below.

In the near future, a massive solar flare strikes the dayside of the Earth, utterly destroying the Eastern Hemisphere. Europe, Africa, Asia, India and Russia are turned into wastelands. What life remains becomes mutated from radiation and fallout. This is the backdrop for Red 5 Comics’ adventure series, AFTERBURN.

Beneath the ash, death and tragedy, treasures both modern and ancient lay unclaimed. Enter Jake and his team of “recovery experts”. For the right price, they are willing to enter the quarantine zone to retrieve items for rich Western clients. The Mona Lisa, the Rosetta Stone, the Crown Jewels — no job is too big or small. Along the way, they must face rival treasure hunters, rogue armies, pirate gangs, and hostile mutants. But as the saying goes — amid chaos, there’s profit.