Paramount Pictures Adapting Existence 2.0


Miles Millar and Alfred Gough — the team behind The WB’s eternally popular “Smallville” — are adapting Existence 2.0 for the big screen. Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller’s Platinum Dunes is set to produce along with Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert.

“Existence 2.0” is a three-issue miniseries published by Image Comics. Written by Nick Spencer (“Forgetless,” “Shuddertown”) and drawn by Ronald Salas, the series focuses on self-absorbed physicist Sylvester Baladine. After Baladine’s assassination, Baladine finds his consciousness transferred to the body of the hitman who killed him. Things don’t seem so bad until the people who “killed” Baladine kidnap his daughter. Baladine is forced to dig up his past to solve his own murder, making himself a target once more.

“‘Existence 2.0’ is a cinematic book, so translation to the screen is only natural,” explains Shadowline Publisher Jim Valentino. “We’re excited to see this critically acclaimed title make the leap from page to screen, and the adaptation couldn’t be in better hands.”

“Existence 2.0” will be collected with its four-issue sequel, “Existence 3.0,” in trade paperback and available for sale in August 2010.