Mark Burton Adapting Rex Libris

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Variety says that Warner Bros. Pictures has hired Mark Burton to write the big screen adaptation of James Turner’s comic book Rex Libris, about an everyday guy who becomes part of a secret sect of librarians who battle forces of darkness in chasing down overdue or stolen books.

The story revolves around head librarian Rex Libris, who must protect the world’s knowledge and most dangerous secrets from falling into the wrong hands. In their global exploits, Rex and the other librarians are aided by an ancient god living beneath the library. They’re also armed with an impressive array of high-tech weapons, not to mention their intellects.

Mosaic Media is producing the comedic action-adventure. The comic book is published by Slave Labor Graphics. The producers are Mosaic’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner.

Burton, who wrote Madagascar and Chicken Run, penned 20th Century Fox’s upcoming fantasy adventure They Came From Upstairs.