Universal Snags ‘A Vicious Circle’ Graphic Novel Adaptation Rights


– Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to “A Vicious Circle,” a Boom! Studios graphic novel with “Terminator Zero” showrunner Mattson Tomlin and artist Lee Bermejo collaborating, and Tomlin set to write the film adaptation.

– Ryan Coogler will produce the film, which is described as an action thriller about time-traveling assassins, likened to a combination of “John Wick” and “Looper.”

Universal Snags ‘A Vicious Circle’ Graphic Novel Adaptation Rights

Universal Pictures has successfully acquired the rights to “A Vicious Circle,” an enthralling graphic novel series from Boom! Studios, springing from the imaginative mind of “Terminator Zero” showrunner Mattson Tomlin, in creative collaboration with artist Lee Bermejo. The deal spotlights Universal’s ongoing investment in sourcing diverse and dynamic storytelling capable of captivating audiences with graphic visual storytelling.

Mattson Tomlin, whose narrative prowess has been recognized in the entertainment industry, will be adapting his brainchild for the big screen, ensuring a level of authenticity and fidelity to the original work that fans will undoubtedly appreciate. Joining forces with Tomlin in the project is the critically acclaimed filmmaker Ryan Coogler, known for his directorial brilliance in the “Black Panther” franchise. Coogler will produce the adaptation under the Proximity Media banner alongside colleagues Sev Ohanian and Zinzi Coogler as well as Stephen Christy, Boom!’s head of development.

The heartbeat of “A Vicious Circle” is a high-octane action thriller that pulls its narrative thread through a kinetic web of time-travel and assassination. The storyline, which has been intriguingly summarized as “John Wick” meets “Looper,” sets up a premise that promises to weave action with the intricate possibilities of time travel. This description alone augurs a cinematic potential for both narrative depth and electrifying visuals.

This graphic series has already enjoyed considerable success in print, with more than 100,000 copies of its first two issues being snapped up globally, and has garnered a readership across multiple languages. These achievements underline the widespread acclaim the material has received, emphasized by its nominations for two Eisner Awards. Additionally, the series stands out with Bermejo’s chameleon-like artistic skills, an ability that has seen him revered for his vivid portrayals of iconic characters like Lex Luthor, Joker, and Batman. His visual finesse was further highlighted as he altered his distinctly painted art style to adapt to the different historical backdrops as the characters leaped through time.

Working alongside Coogler, Rebecca Cho and Zetra Evans of Proximity, as well as Adam Yoelin of Boom! will fulfill executive production roles. Mette Norkjaer joins as a co-producer, and the mantle for the project’s developmental supervision at Universal falls to Ryan Jones, the senior vice president of production development.

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Tomlin’s plate brims with high-profile projects, indicative of a writer in high demand, as he is set to debut “Terminator mendous entertainment for a global viewership. Boom! continues to spread its wings in the media arena, working on a slew of adaptations that include “Butterfly” for Amazon MGM Studios and an upcoming animated series, “Hex Vets & Magic Pets,” for Nickelodeon.

Amidst Universal Pictures’ landscape, “A Vicious Circle” stands as a promising new addition, poised to captivate audiences with its twist on the assassin genre intertwined with adventure through time. The collaboration of industry powerhouses promises to elevate this adaptation to meet the high expectations that precede its arrival on the silver screen. With a creative original author at the screenplay’s helm and the ardent forces of accomplished producers, this project has all the makings of a blockbuster phenomenon.


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