NEW YORK — Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures have acquired screen rights to turn the cult comic “Adrenalin” into an action film that will star Christina Ricci. Joel Silver will produce, as will Ricci and Blaspheme Films partner Andrea Sperling.
Silver, who is up to his eyeballs in action films with the second and third installments of WB’s all-time top grossing film “The Matrix,” the Jet Li-starrer “The First King” and the Steven Seagal cop drama “Exit Wounds,” now has an action film designed for a female.
The comic, created by Tony Daniel and published by Image Comics, revolves around a heroine who grows up in post-Cold War Russia as an orphan turned into a half human-half cyborg, programmed to destroy the U.S. The filmed adaptation, which is described as “La Femme Nikita” meets “Blade Runner,” will be scripted by Alan Sereboff, who recently set up “Payback All-Star Revue” at Icon.
While Ricci has evolved from “The Addams Family” to such recent films as “Sleepy Hollow” and “The Opposite of Sex,” “Adrenalin” allows her to broaden into mainstream studio action-oriented fare, while stepping up her producing profile.
She and her Blaspheme partner Sperling are currently co-producing “Prozac Nation,” the Milennium Films adaptation of the Elizabeth Wurtzel novel that stars Ricci, Jessica Lange, Jason Biggs and Anne Heche.
Blaspheme is also developing “Westland,” a Bryce Kass written and directed film that was workshopped at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in January; “Speed Queen,” an adaptation of a Stewart O’Nan book that is being scripted by Brian Price as a possible vehicle for Ricci; and “Born to Lose,” a pic being written by Heath Mattioli and Dave Spacone, to be directed by Melodie McDaniel. Millennium Films is involved in the latter as financier.
Ricci was repped by ICM’s Jason Barrett and Toni Howard, while Daniel and Sereboff were repped by ICM’s Marc Finkel.