Disney Calls in The Surrogates

With the success of films like Sin City, A History of Violence and 300, the graphic novel has become a prime source for movie material. The latest bit of news comes from Daily Variety, which reports that Disney is set to make a feature film based on Top Shelf Comix’s The Surrogates, written by Robert Venditti and illustrated by Brett Weldele. The sci-fi thriller will be directed by Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines helmer Jonathan Mostow and written by Michael Ferris and John Brancato, who also worked on the third Terminator installment.

The Surrogates is set in the year 2054, in a place called the Central Georgia Metropolis. Those who can afford the luxury stay safe at home while their robotic surrogates to go out into the world and perform various tasks for them. But when someone or something starts destroying surrogates with megavolt electrical charges, its up to police lieutenant Harvey Greer to solve the mystery. The story plays on mankind’s growing reliance on technology and the isolation it creates.

The film version will be produced by Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, along with Max Handelman and Elizabeth Banks. According to Hoberman, the production will involve its share of bit visual effects.

Mostow, whose directorial credits include 1997′s Breakdown and 2000′s U-571, will be firmly entrenched in the world of comic books for some time. He is currently writing and is attached to direct an adaptation of the Marvel Comics property Sub-Mariner, which Universal plans to release in 2009.