In this golden age of comic book movies, every studio is looking for the next big adaptation, and they are increasingly looking beyond the superheroic fare offered by DC and Marvel comics for works such as Tag.
Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has entered into an agreement with creators Keith Giffen and Kody Chamberlain and Los Angeles-based publisher BOOM! Studios to develop Tag under the direction of celebrated horror director John Leonetti (Anabelle).
Tag is a horror story following a man “tagged” by an unknown stranger and subsequently must watch as his body slowly decomposes, leaving him to try and determine the origin of the curse and a cure. According to the Deadline story, the studio intends to recast the male lead as a female protagonist, something sure to be lauded by gender equality activists in the comic book community.
While no release date has been set, the production team for the film was announced at the same time as the development deal. In addition to Leonetti’s being named director, the script will be turned in by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, and BOOM!’s Ross Ritchie and Stephen Christy will co-produce the film.
The announcement deepens the first-look relationship between Fox and BOOM!, with projects such as Lumberjanes, Imagine Agents, Malignant Man, and The Foundation also on the horizon along with Tag. With the abysmal critical and commercial failure of Fantastic Four, it wouldn’t be beyond reason to expect Fox to look at exiting the comic book film market, but they instead seem to be refocusing on the independent sphere, something which indie fans around the world should keep a close eye on.