Len Wiseman is set to develop and direct a film adaptation of the graphic novel Shrapnel for Radical Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Wiseman said he was browsing comic-book stores with his 10-year-old daughter, Lily, when he happened upon the comic the day it hit shelves. He quickly had his agent at ICM scout the rights.
The graphic novel, which Radical Publishing teased at last year's Comic-Con, describes a sci-fi future where humans have colonized the solar system and formed a Solar Alliance to govern the planets. The story focuses on Venus, the last rebellious holdout, and a self-exiled former Marine who teaches the colonists how to fight back.
"I am really drawn to the reluctant-hero story," said Wiseman, who noted that the last hero he directed -- John McClane in Live Free or Die Hard -- fit that archetypal mold.
Nick Sagan and Zombie Studios chief Mark Long created the property. Radical principal Barry Levine will produce with Wiseman and Mark Gordon.
Shrapnel will be developed as a live-action pic, a 3D approach is considered possible. A video game is planned with Zombie Studios.
No production date has been set.