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Regency eyes ‘Formula’ for Singer

Fox to distribute 'Ghost' comicbook adaptation

New Regency has acquired “Freedom Formula: Ghost of the Wasteland,” an adaptation of the Radical Publishing comicbook series that will be developed as a potential directing vehicle for Bryan Singer.

Pic will be distributed by Fox, which last worked with Singer on “X-Men 2.”

Michael Finch has been hired to write the script.

The comicbook has a futuristic premise in which fighter jets have been replaced by pilots who battle in racing exo-suits. The protag is a genetically engineered racer who learns his bloodline has the power to change society.

Pic is a co-production of Bad Hat Harry Prods. and Radical Pictures, with Singer producing with Radical principal Barry Levine. Jesse Berger and Michael Zoumas are exec producers.

Singer and Levine teamed on the project when the four-issue comicbook series debuted at last summer’s Comic-Con (Daily Variety, July 25). The comicbook was created by Edmund Shern, who runs Storm Lion, the Radical-owned imprint that published it. Shern will be associate producer.

“Mike Finch came up with an incredible take that goes deeper into the mythology of the source material,” said Radical’s Levine, who is also working with Universal and Spyglass on the Radical comicbook title “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” with director Peter Berg attached and Ryan Condal writing the script, based on Steve Moore’s five-issue comicbook series.

Regency’s Navid McIlhargey is steering the project.

Finch just made a sizable spec deal with Regency for “Medieval,” an action script set in the Middle Ages that he wrote with Alex Litvak.

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