Having done so for both the “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe” franchises, Akiva Goldsman is once again set to oversee a writers room with plans to develop a cinematic universe of characters – this time from the expansive Atlas Comics library.
“Ghost Rider” and “Ghost in the Shell” producer Steven Paul has confirmed he has acquired a majority interest in the literary library and signed a co-production and co-financing first-look deal with Paramount Pictures. The plan is to develop, produce and distribute superhero films based on the comics.
Goldsman has signed with Paul’s SP Media Group to run the nine-person writers room which will develop and build out the universe of characters from the expansive Atlas library – ten story outlines will be made with one to be further developed.
Production on the first project is scheduled to begin a year from now ahead of a 2021 release with plans to produce and release at least one superhero project with budgets starting at $60 million each year thereafter.
The original Atlas Comics evolved into Marvel Comics, but was relaunched as its own imprint called Atlas/Seaboard Comics in the 1970s.
Source: Heat Vision