Scribes: Shadowman, War, Wonderland, Cigar

“Babylon 5” creator and “Changeling” scribe J. Michael Straczynski has been hired to pen the script for a film based on the comic “Shadowman” at Valiant Entertainment.

Set in New Orleans, the story follows a man who must accept his supernatural legacy as forces of darkness close in and are determined to claim the city for themselves. Jason Kothari, Dinesh Shamdasani, Sean Daniel and Jason Brown will produce. [Source: Deadline]

Old Man’s War
Chris Boal is set to rewrite the script for Wolfgang Petersen’s adaptation of John Scalzi’s sci-fi novel “Old Man’s War” at Bluegrass Films.

The story follows a 75-year old man who agrees to trade his old carcass for a younger, genetically-enhanced body so that he can join a military coalition in outer space. There he’s rescued by a woman who appears to be a younger version of his wife. [Source: Variety]

NBC is finalizing a deal for “Wonderland”, a drama set in the world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland with “CSI” creator Anthony Zuiker serving as executive producer.

Whit Anderson is penning the script which is set years after the events in the book with a new character who travels to the fantastical world to wage war with the reigning Queen – Alice herself. [Source: Deadline]

The Big Cigar
Joshua Bearman, the journo whose article inspired “Argo”, is shopping around the film rights to a new article dealing with similar (but darker) subject matter. The aim would be to turn “The Big Cigar” article into a caper film.

The article details how “Easy Rider” producer Bert Schneider conjured up a film to help smuggle Black Panthers co-founder Huey Newton out of the U.S. and into Cuba to avoid being tried for murder. [Source: Deadline]