U gets graphic with bounty hunter tale

Bendis to pen pic based on his crime noir tale

Universal Pictures has made a deal to turn the graphic novel “Jinx” into a feature film, with Charlize Theron attached to topline and produce under her D and D banner.

She and Meagan Riley-Grant will produce the pic with Circle of Confusion partners David Engel, Lawrence Mattis and Jason Lust.

Brian Michael Bendis, who created the graphic novel, will adapt his crime noir creation for the screen. Theron will play a bounty hunter who must trust a man framed for murder so they can recover millions in abandoned mobster money and start a new life together. U production prexy Scott Stuber and exec Jeff Kirschenbaum brought in the property and made a preemptive deal.

Bendis’ graphic novel titles include “Ultimate Spider-Man,” “Daredevil,” “Ultimate X-Men,” and “Powers.” Several of his creations are already set up as movies, including “Powers” at Sony and “Torso” with Todd McFarlane Productions. He was also co-exec producer and wrote the pilot for MTV’s CGI “Spider-Man” series.

Theron, who was a very hands-on producer on “Monster,” sparked to the heroine character when it was pitched by the Circle of Confusion trio.

She will next star in “Aeon Flux” for Paramount and Lakeshore, based on the futuristic MTV animated series. Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight”) will begin production late summer in Berlin. Theron will follow by starring in “Class Action,” for Warner Bros., directed by “Whale Rider” helmer Niki Caro.

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