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Josh Trank (who has just come off his hit directorial debut 'Chronicle') has made a deal to direct 'The Red Star' for Warner Brothers. Based on a graphic novel by Christian Gossett, 'The Red Star' depicts an alternate history USSR in which technology and magic co-exist. Our hero is a former Red Fleet soldier charged with taking down a tyrant. The film version will be penned by Jason Rothenberg who just finished the script for 'The Twilight Zone' reboot; 'Cloverfield's Matt Reeves will be directing that project. This marks the first official deal Trank has landed post-'Chronicle,' but he has been rumored to be the front runner for several other gigs including the solo film for Spider-Man's nemesis Venom.
Here again I show my comic book inexperience as I must admit I have not read, or even heard of, 'The Red Star.' However, I'm a big fan of alternate histories and am therefore intrigued by the concept of Gossett's book. What's more exciting about this news however is that it seems Josh Trank is poised to become the next big thing in superhero/comic book cinema. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, 'Chronicle' not only breathed new life into the found footage gimmick, but also told a phenomenal supervillain origin story. That's why I'm still really jazzed about the idea of his directing the Venom movie. My hope is that the hero of 'The Red Star' is more of an anti-hero, because that seems to be where Trank feels most comfortable. Having not read the book, I can only reach out to our intrepid Spillios for some added context.
Any 'Red Star' readers out there who can help me out? Do you like Trank for this project?