Studio8 has set Kurt Johnstad to pen the screenplay for its adaptation of the Image Comics title, Prophet. The film is based on the comic book title of the same name by Rob Liefeld, who co-created the Marvel Comics character Deadpool. The news was announced on Friday by The Hollywood Reporter. The film is set to star Jake Gyllenhaal with Extraction filmmaker Sam Hargrave on board to direct.
Johnstad takes over for writer Marc Guggenheim who wrote the original draft of the screenplay. Johnstad is perhaps best known for writing the Zack Snyder film adaption of 300, which was based on the Frank Miller comic series. He also wrote the screenplay for the adaptation of The Coldest City titled Atomic Blonde. His most recent project was Snyder’s science-fiction epic, Rebel Moon, which is now in production.
In the original comics, Prophet centered on John Prophet, a man who is conscripted by Germans near the end of World War II and soon finds himself subjected to scientific experiments that gave him superhuman strength. In the movie, though, it’ll focus on “a man who volunteers for a German experiment near the end of World War II in order to feed his family.” As of now, Prophet does not have a release date.