Studio buys Oni Press' graphic novel series

Universal has bought the Oni Press graphic novel series “The Last Call” and set it up with Barry Josephson to produce through his eponymous banner.

“The Last Call,” written and illustrated by Vasilis Lolos, centers on two teens on a joyride who get hit by a train — an interdimensional soul carrier — and find themselves on a quest to solve a mystery that will allow them to return to their regular lives. Series debuted last year.

Evan Spiliotopoulos, who most recently penned “The Box” for Fox, is adapting the series for the screen.

Project will be produced by Eric Gitter through his Closed on Mondays Entertainment, the producing arm of Oni Press. Josephson Prods. exec Alexander Young will co-produce.

“The Last Call” is the fourth Oni Press work to be developed at Universal, which is prepping “Scott Pilgrim” for production later this year with Edgar Wright directing. U’s also developing Oni comics “Leading Man” and “Resurrection.”

Oni’s “Whiteout” is likely to be its first property to reach the bigscreen early next year, with Warner Bros. in post on the project, directed by Dominic Sena.

Josephson is in post-production on “They Came From Upstairs” for Fox.

Oni and Spiliotopoulos are repped by UTA.

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