Hilary SwankTwo-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank is about to hop into the thick of comic book movie madness, but she's not avoiding the flying shrapnel — she's running straight towards it.

Variety reports that Swank, who won Academy Awards for her devastating performances in "Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby," is headed to Venus in an adaptation of Radical Publishing's sci-fi graphic novel series "Shrapnel."

Based on a trilogy penned by Nick Sagan and M. Zachary Sherman, "Shrapnel" centers on a former Solar Alliance Marine who leads a revolution on Venus in the far future. Toby Wagstaff has been hired by Radical Pictures to adapt the project.


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ObliviionLast year, Radical Publishing signed a deal with "Tron Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski to develop "Oblivion" as an illustrated novel in addition to picking up the movie rights. And while the project was initially signed without a studio attached, "Oblivion" has found a home in Hollywood.

Disney has snapped up the film rights to "Oblivion," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Reportedly, the studio was interested in keeping Kosinski "in the Disney fold" considering that he is directing the hotly anticipated "Tron Legacy," which will debut in December.

The report also indicates that the deal was "in the seven figures," which may make it one of the biggest rights deals of the year. Read More...

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Sam RaimiJust because Sam Raimi has parted ways with the "Spider-Man" franchise doesn't mean the filmmaker is leaving comic books altogether. In fact, the director has just booked his next paneled page property.

Heat Vision reports that Raimi is attached to direct "Earp: Saints for Sinners," based on the Radical Publishing graphic novel of the same name. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman at DreamWorks, Radical president Barry Levine and Star Road Entertainment's Josh Donen are serving as producers.

"Saint for Sinners" tells a reimagined version of Western icon Wyatt Earp, thrusting the gunslinger into a dystopian future where he routinely takes out the bad guys and hangs his hat in Las Vegas. The comic was created by Matt Cirulnick and David Manpearl, with Cirulnick also writing the film's screenplay. Read More...

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Sam Worthington has a lot more on his plate than just starring in history-making blockbusters and reboots. When MTV caught up with "Avatar" and "Clash of the Titans" star recently to talk about his foray into making comic books and graphic novels — via his comic book imprint Full Clip Productions, and Radical Publishing — we learned there's a lot more to the Aussie than we thought.

The first thing he told us was that he and his Full Clip partners, John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz, did not get into the comic book business to make comic book movies.

“There’s an indication that we’ve been writing comic books in order to kind of do these showcase vehicles [for movies]. That’s not the case at all – we’re not that arrogant or egotistical. We’re actually fans of comics, and I think primarily any creative endeavor has to be — you have to have a good story." Read More...

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In the past two years, Sam Worthington built a career for himself by taking starring roles in films that benefited from high-profile collaborators or familiar franchises, including "Terminator: Salvation," "Clash of the Titans," and of course, James Cameron’s longtime pet project "Avatar." But on Friday, Worthington told MTV News that he’s ready to get behind projects he has a part in creating.

Speaking at a press day for Full Clip Productions, the comic book imprint Worthington launched with his partners John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz, the actor said the increased participation only fuels his creativity.

“We come from a cottage industry whether we’re making graphic novels in Australia or short films or major movies,” he told MTV News. “You’re basically coming in from the get-go, and what that does is it gives you a bigger investment. We’re not in here as guns for hire or writing stuff that’s like a gravy train for young Samuel – that ain’t going to happen.” Read More...

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Last Days of American CrimeWay back in February 2009, we gave you the first, exclusive peek at Rick Remender's "The Last Days of American Crime," a gritty, noir-tinged heist story that hit shelves from Radical Publishing. Little did we know the story would soon end up in the hands of "Avatar" and "Clash of the Titans" star Sam Worthington, only to be optioned by the actor and his producing partner, Michael Schwarz, in November.

The series follows a dangerous sociopath named Kevin Cash (Worthington) as he assembles a team to pull off what could be the last great heist in American history. With the impending launch of a government-sponsored technology that will make it impossible for anyone to commit a crime just days away, Cash and his crew attempt to steal the machines that manage the nation's new form of currency.

The second issue of "American Crime" hits shelves this week, so we caught up with the writer to find out what's in store for the series, how he feels about Worthington coming on board, and the screenplay he's been working on for the film. Read More...

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"Clash of the Titans" star Sam Worthington has had his name popping up around the comics scene for a while now, despite having yet to appear in a comic book movie. Still, it looks like that's all going to change soon with a pair of upcoming adaptations that he's attached to in one form or another.

When MTV News caught up with Worthington during a "Titans" press junket, the actor confirmed rumors that he's attached to a movie based on British science-fiction hero "Dan Dare," and offered an update on the status of "The Last Days of American Crime," based on the Radical Publishing series by Rick Remender.

"We're putting ['Last Days of American Crime'] together as we speak," Worthington told MTV News. "The writer of the comic is actually doing his take on a draft. I thought that was a smart thing for me and my mates to get him to do, and we're looking for directors — a director who would be able to handle it." Read More...

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Joe KosinskiOne of the many announcements to hit the wire in the wake of last year's Comic-Con had "Tron Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski attached to create both an illustrated novel and film based on "Oblivion," a science-fiction tale he's developing simultaneously in print and movie form through Radical Publishing and its filmmaking arm, Radical Pictures.

One of MTV Movies' "10 To Watch In 2010," Kosinski has his arms full these days with the sequel to Walt Disney's 1982 sci-fi classic "Tron," but he did manage to give us an update of sorts on the status of "Oblivion."

"'Oblivion' is steaming ahead," Kosinski told MTV News. "We're hoping to have a preview of the illustrated novel — it's not a comic book — by this year's Comic-Con. It's going to be a wide-format, hardcover novel with about 40 or 50 fully illustrated plates in it. We're hoping to also get the script written for the movie in the near future as well." Read More...

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Sam Worthington“Avatar” star Sam Worthington has signed on to produce and star in the adaptation of Rick Remender's “The Last Days of American Crime."

Worthington will produce the film with his business partner, Michael Schwarz. Radical Publishing’s President Barry Levine and Executive Vice President Jesse Berger are also onboard as executive producers with Remender.

Confirming last week’s report, Worthington will portray Kevin Cash, a dangerous sociopath who is recruited to take part in what may be the last crime in American history. Read More...

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Sam Worthington“Terminator: Salvation” star Sam Worthington has signed on to appear in the film adaptation of Rick Remender's upcoming miniseries “The Last Days of American Crime."

Created and written by Remender with artist Greg Tocchini, “Last Days” takes place in the near future where the U.S. government is about to implement a new technology that will make it impossible for anyone to commit a crime. Following the revelation of this plan, a downtrodden career criminal named Graham Brick is forced to quickly assemble a team to help him pull off what may be the last heist in American history.

According to Mania.com, Worthington will portray Kevin Cash, a safecracker recruited by Brick who may be a dangerously unstable sociopath. Read More...

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