Deadline is reporting that playwright & screenwriter Philip Gawthorne will be writing Universal Pictures’ big screen adaptation of the Eisner-nominated graphic novel Chrononauts, created by Mark Millar and Sean Gordon Murphy. Chris Morgan of the Fast & Furious franchise will produce under his Chris Morgan Productions banner.
Gawthorne comes to the project after writing an adapation for Kojak and the remake of Cube, and is currently co-writing Black Hole and World Breaker.
The story follows Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly, two scientific geniuses who crack time travel and go on an adventure, televising the experiment along the way. They love to have fun, and now that they have time travel in their hands, will they work for the betterment of mankind? And what happens when things go horribly wrong… as they do.
Millar is also the writer of Marvel Comics’ original Civil War event, and he later formed the Millarverse with original creator-owned titles such as Wanted and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Murphy is an Eisner-winning artist who created Punk Rock Jesus and has worked on several DC Comics titles.
Ainsley Davies will oversee the project for Chris Morgan Productions, with Universal’s Jay Polidoro supervising for the studio.