It’s not unusual for movie studios to option books before they’re published, while they’re still in galleys. It’s also not unusual for movie studios to option every single comic book that hits the shelves. Now these two optioning habits have met, as Warner Bros has optioned Oni Press’ graphic novel Billy Smoke, which won’t be out until some time next year.
The comic, about a hitman seeking redemption by killing all the world’s assassins (surely there must be something more interesting than this going on in the pages), is written by B. Clay Moore and illustrated by Eric Kim. And they have their Billy Smoke for the movie – Matthew Fox, star of Lost and the heart of the underappreciated Speed Racer, is in negotiations to take the role.
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