An adaptation of the acclaimed French graphic novel NAJA written by Jean-David Morvan and illustrated by Bengal is in the works from Thunder Road Pictures, Entertainment 360, and Nickel City Productions. J.P. Davis is writing the script, while The Huntsman: Winter’s War helmer Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is set to direct.
Published in the U.S. in 2014 by Magnetic Press, Naja follows an assassin who is unable to register her own pain, making her deadlier than she already is. She works for a mysterious boss known as “Zero” but when another of Zero’s killers targets her, she has to go off the grid and seek out the truth. It’s similar to previous works like Lucy and Le Femme Nikita.
Laurent Duvault of Mediatoon-Dargaud negotiated the deal with Jim Ehrich of Rothman & Brecher Agency and Tal O. Vidgerson.
Winter’s War was Nicolas-Troyan’s first time as director. Before that sequel, he worked on visual effects on films like The Ring and as second unit director on Snow White and the Huntsman and Maleficent. He is repped by CAA and Management 360.
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This news was first reported by Variety.