EXCLUSIVE: Writer Brian Michael Bendis has confirmed to me via Twitter that he's just recently submitted his latest draft for the adaption of one of his earliest works, the graphic novel, "Fire". The film currently resides at Universal and tells the story of Benjamin "Ben" Furst, a young, average American citizen and his recruitment by the C.I.A. for Project Fire; a program which seeks to determine whether ordinary citizens can be turned into C.I.A. assassins. The film will star Zac Efron, who will also serve as Executive Producer. This will continue Efron's trend of looking for serious roles that will allow him to shed his High School Musical image. Efron is looking to break into the action genre, with both "Fire" and "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman," currently For in development.
Fire was originally a two-issue creator-owned comic book mini-series written and drawn by Brian Michael Bendis and published by Caliber Comics. It was later republished as a single volume by Image Comics.
Fire was among Bendis's first works to draw critical acclaim. Its success gave him a much wider audience and helped pave the way for A.K.A. Goldfish and Jinx.