David Schulner’s cult comic book series CLONE is being developed into a feature at Universal. The film is being produced by David Alpert for Skybound Entertainment, and Bryan Furst and Sean Furst through their Furst Films. Peter Cramer will oversee for Universal.
Clone, which was written by Schulner and illustrated by Juan Jose Ryp and Felix Serrano, was first published in 2012 through Image Comics and Skybound. The 20th and final issue was published in 2014.
The story centers around Dr. Luke Taylor, whose perfect life comes to a dramatic halt when an identical, bloodied version of himself arrives at his doorstep with news that he is one of many clones… and all of his copies are after his pregnant wife and their unborn child.
As the world of Clone expands, Taylor inevitably must survive against younger, stronger versions of himself, a homegrown coalition that adapts an anti-clone policy, and his own failed attempts uncover the truth behind the Clone program.
With four volumes comprised of twenty issues, there’s plenty of story to build a world which could potentially serve a franchise. With a handful of blockbuster franchises in Universal’s arsenal, including Jurassic World and The Fast and Furious films, the studio is on the hunt for something in the sci-fi space. Recent hits like Ex Machina and Snowpiercer, films that share similar themes to Clone, were hits with audiences. Although Jupiter Ascending received mixed reviews to say the least, the visual style and detailed world translated internationally, saving the film at the box office.
Clone was previously in development as a series at NBC, and after the peacock passed, quickly picked up again at SyFy. But due to a pilot storyline that too closely resembled BBC America’s Orphan Black–which debuted in 2013 to rave reviews–producers decided to pass. Now, it looks like the world of Clone may have another life after all–and producers are looking for the right scribe to bring it to the big screen.
Schulner is a successful television producer in his own right, with a long-standing relationship with NBCUniversal through his credits that span from drama series like Kings and Do No Harm to their upcoming Wizard of Oz take, Emerald City.
He is repped by UTA.
Josh Lyons | Staff Writer