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Par taps ‘Orphan’ scribe for new sci-fier

David Leslie Johnson will adapt Comic-Con hit 'Last Man Standing'

Paramount has tapped “Orphan” scribe David Leslie Johnson to adapt sci-fi actioner “Last Man Standing,” Daniel LuVisi’s graphic novel that sold out at Comic-Con in two hours this summer.

Last Man Standing” generated plenty of interest from studios at this summer’s confab, but production prexy Marc Evans reeled it in for Par.

Recently published by Kevin Eastman’s Heavy Metal label, the story, set 600 years in the future, follows an invincible soldier created to help Earth win a war against Mars. After becoming a celebrity hero, he’s framed for a heinous crime by a terrorist organization. After a nine-year prison sentence, he escapes and sets out to even the score.

Scott Aversano is producing with LuVisi, while Stephan Lokotsch, Russell Binder and Peter Levin will exec produce.

Graphic novel, which took 2 1/2 years to create and sold out within two hours at the San Diego confab, is being expanded into a comic book series by Heavy Metal in addition to being developed as a multi-platform franchise property.

Since writing the sleeper hit “Orphan” for Warner Bros., Johnson has become something of a go-to scribe for the studio. He recently scripted its fairy tale adaptation “Red Riding Hood” and co-wrote “Wrath of the Titans” for WB and Legendary Pictures. Johnson got his start as a production assistant on Frank Darabont’s “The Shawshank Redemption” and later served as Darabont’s assistant on “The Green Mile.” He recently wrote an episode of “The Walking Dead” that Darabont exec produced.

Johnson is repped by Paradigm and attorney Howard Abramson.

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