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The Hollywood Reporter | Heat Vision | Comics | Movie News: Zac Efron to star in spy thriller from Marvel scribe Brian Michael Bendis

Universal is on “Fire.”

The studio has picked up the rights to the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis. Zac Efron is attached to star and will exec produce with his manager, Jason Barrett.

Neal Moritz is producing with David Engel of Circle of Confusion, the company that reps Bendis.

Written and drawn by Bendis before he went on to become one of Marvel Comics’ top writers, the story centers on a college student who is inducted into a special CIA project that tests whether training ordinary citizens to be agents can be successful.

The move puts Efron, who is also repped by CAA, and Bendis back with Universal. Efron is coming off of starring in the Burr Steers drama “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud,” while Bendis has an adaptation of his graphic novel “Jinx” set up at the studio.

The Hollywood Reporter | Heat Vision | Comics | Movie News: Zac Efron to star in spy thriller from Marvel scribe Brian Michael Bendis.

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