The long-gestating adaptation of Mark Millar and Sean Gordon Murphy’s graphic novel series CHRONONAUTS has nabbed playwright and screenwriter Philip Gawthorne to tackle the bromantic tale of Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly, two scientific geniuses chosen to go on the world’s first time-travel experiment.
The Tracking Board confirmed the news of Gawthorne as the writer for the project at Universal Pictures. Fast & Furious screenwriter Chris Morgan is set to produce under Chris Morgan Productions while Millar and Murphy will serve as executive producers.
Millar has a reputable track record when it comes to big-screen adaptations. He wrote the comic version of Civil War which served as the basis for the Marvel Studios blockbuster. He also created Wanted, Kick-Ass, and Kingsman: The Secret Service which all became popular action pics.
Murphy’s impressive comic book resume includes The Wake, Batman/Scarecrow: Year One, Teen Titans, Hellblazer, and a long list of others.
Gawthorne is quickly becoming a highly sought-after screenwriter. He is known for penning the upcoming feature Modern Life is Rubbish, which is based on his play of the same name. He also working on an adaptation of Kojak for producers Scott Stuber and Vin Diesel as well as a remake of the thriller Cube at Lionsgate.
He is repped by CAA.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Film Reporter