Studio in talks to pick up feature film rights

Warner Bros. is aiming for “The Red Star,” and is in negotiations to pick up feature rights to the fantasy comic book series out of turnaround from Universal.

Project’s set with Neal Moritz and his Original Films along with Jason Netter of Kickstart Prods.

Warners confirmed the talks Tuesday. Jesse Ehrman will oversee the project for the studio.

The comic was created by Christian Gossett and set in a world inspired by Russian folklore and military history, mixing technology and sorcery in The United Republics of the Red Star. The stories, published between 1999 and 2008, included a fleet of Red Star skyfurnaces, gigantic flying warships up to three kilometres long.

Universal picked up the rights in 2006. While at Universal, “The Red Star” project was being developed by Marc Platt with Timur Bekmambetov attached to direct.

Moritz is currently producing “Total Recall” for Sony and “Jack the Giant Killer” for Warners/New Line.

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