Emmy-winning writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, of Lost fame, has been tapped to write the script for a big-screen adaptation of the graphic novel series The Couriers, from AiT/Planet Lar. For those unfamiliar, The Couriers follows the adventures of two couriers in a futuristic version of New York City, who handle big money exchanges and assassination gigs from an unknown boss. The books are known to be heavily influenced by Hong Kong action cinema, which is probably a major selling point to the launch of a big screen adaptation. The film underway now will be produced by Trevor Macy and Marc Evans of Intrepid Pictures, a production company that enjoys a first-look deal with both Universal and Rogue Pictures. Intrepid's 2007 slate includes Balls of Fury and Doomsday.
On his blog, the comic's co-creator Brian Wood recently had the following to say about the deal: "So yeah, it's optioned, a very long time in coming. My agent and I have spent a lot of time from 2003 to now trying to land a deal, and I'm really happy we have one. I don't have a lot of information at all, since it's pretty early on, but I did have a phone conversation with Javier Grillo-Marxuach earlier today, who is adaptating the books. Great guy, great talent, and he's a fan of the book from the start." It will be interesting to see what kind of cast eventually shapes up for this project.