EXCLUSIVE: Warner Brothers won an auction for Tank, a presentation package that has Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski is making an adaptation of the graphic novel recently published by Artists, Writers and Artisans (AWA).
The film will be written by Julian Meiojas, whose recent credits include Jack ryan and Flash. Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps are producing with Kosinski. AWA’s Zach Studin is executive producer, and the project is the first for AWA Studios, the newly formed film and television arm of the graphic fiction publisher. This is AWA’s first project, but there are more to come.
Tank is based on the graphic novel written by comic book creator and screenwriter Bryan Edward Hill (American carnage, bitter root), designed by Priscilla Petraites (Rat queens) and edited by AWA Creative Director Axel Alonso. The photo was sold as a synthwave sci-fi thriller with strong roles for two leading actors. The Chariot was a secret Cold War-era government project to provide its star agent with a unique weapon in the form of a state-of-the-art sports car. He sank in the ocean decades ago, the agent with him. A petty criminal seeking to reform his life has stumbled upon the Chariot, and he’s about to discover that the officer’s conscience still controls him.
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Director Kosinski Top Gun: Maverick re-equips the director with Oversight star Tom Cruise and Paramount are releasing this film on November 19. Kosinski is in post-production on the Netflix filmEscape Spiderhead, which stars Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollet.
Rebecca Cho will oversee for Warner Brothers. Kosinski is replaced by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein.
Most recently co-EP on HBO Max’s Ridley Scott series Raised by wolves, Meiojas adapts his new DNA for Amazon and Simon Kinberg’s genre films. Meiojas is replaced by CAA, Grandview and Jackoway.
Levy’s 21 Laps has the fourth season of Strange things coming to Netflix, and he directed Ryan Reynolds’ starrer Free guy, scheduled for release by Disney on August 13. Levy also finished The Adam project. 21 laps, it’s WME and Ziffren.
AWA is replaced by Grandview.