Actor in talks to star in comic adaptation

Matthew Fox is in negotiations to star in Warner Bros.’ “Billy Smoke,” based on the Oni Press comic about a hit man seeking redemption.

Project’s produced by Basil Iwanyk at Thunder Road and Eric Gitter at Closed on Mondays Entertainment. Oni’s Peter Sherwin will exec produce.

Story centers on an elite hit man who’s nearly killed during a botched job and realizes that his only way to find redemption is to rid the world of all assassins.

The comicbook series, written by B. Clay Moore and illustrated by Eric Kim, will be published by Oni Press next year. Moore recently wrote the comic “Leading Man,” set up at Universal.

Oni’s other titles in development include DreamWorks’ “Return of King Doug,” which will star and be produced by Ben Stiller, and Universal’s “Scott Pilgrim,” to be directed by Edgar Wright and star Michael Cera, with a fall start planned.

Fox is repped by ICM and Management 360 and Oni’s repped by UTA.

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