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Universal Lands Sci-Fi Thriller 'Agent 13' With Charlize Theron & Rupert Wyatt Attached

by Charlie Schmidlin
April 23, 2012 10:39 AM
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A few days ago, we reported “Agent 13,” a sci-fi adaptation with Charlize Theron and director Rupert Wyatt attached, was being prepared for an intense bidding war amongst studios, and it seems the project has indeed found a home.

Deadline reports Universal has beat out rivals Paramount, MGM, and Fox to secure the high-profile project from WME, who put together the package deal. With Wyatt's summer blockbuster “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” pleasing everyone on both critical and financial fronts, it's easy to see the reason for interest too, especially with Theron set to already head up the stellar-looking “Prometheus” this summer. “Agent 13” will not be Wyatt's next film however, as a locked agreement with Andy Serkis, reprising his role of Caesar for the 'Apes' sequel, puts that project front and center on the director's plate.

Written by T.S. Nowlin, “Agent 13” is based off a comic book/novel series by Flat Dille and David Marconi that ran from 1986-1988, and gained notices for its blend of sci-fi elements and noir setting and characters. Theron seems perfectly suited to the noir sensibility, but though she was the first one attached to the project, and a reason for its sale, she is not the main character of the film. The comic/novel series instead centers around a male lead, which has not been cast yet.

It all seems like good, pulpy fun, and with the talent involved having proved their dedication to genre material in the past, “Agent 13” remains one to look forward to.

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  • Rah-al | April 23, 2012 11:17 AMReply

    Male lead for Charlize Theron? Why not Michael Fassbender or Ryan Gosling.

  • Rah-al | April 23, 2012 11:51 AM

    Sure Nik. I clicked on the article for her alone. Perfect combination of beauty, intelligence and talent. If she would have my babies I would die happy. Loving all her projects including this one just throwing out male lead suggestions as per the article.

  • Nik Grape | April 23, 2012 11:41 AM

    Gosling is too boyish for Theron, I think. Fassbender is a different story. But, um, who cares about the male lead? Charlize Theron is in this: I'm there. Girl knows how to pick her projects lately.

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