‘Superman Returns’ & ‘X2: X-Men United’ Writer To Adapt ‘Dead At 17,’ Vanessa Hudgens To Star?

“Dead @ 17″ creator Josh Howard says “Superman Returns” and “X2: X-Men United” screenwriter Mike Dougherty will provide a big-screen adaptation his Viper Comics series about a demon-fighting undead teenager, with “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens possibly starring as the story’s hero, Nara Kilday.

During an interview on the Comics on Comics podcast, Howard said that last he heard, the “Dead @ 17″ producers were targeting the teenage star for one of two roles in the film.

“I don’t know if this is true anymore — it’s been a while since I received an update — but they were talking to Vanessa Hudgens,” said Howard, who went on to speculate that she might play the title character but would probably be better for Nara’s best friend, Hazy Floss.

In “Dead @ 17,” Nara is a teenager who is murdered and revived to fight demons and prevent the coming of Bolabogg, a demonic lord. The tagline for the comic book series is, “The fate of the universe is at the hands of a 17-year-old girl.”

Earlier this year, Hudgens was rumored to be one of the top contenders for a role in “New Moon,” the sequel to the big-screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyers’ “Twilight” novels.

Dougherty, who was the go-to writer along with Dan Harris on director Bryan Singer’s superhero film endeavors, recently jumped into the director’s chair with his original script, “Trick R Treat” — and there’s some speculation that he could get behind the camera again for “Dead @ 17.” The film is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (“Transformers,” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”).

What do you think of Vanessa Hudgens starring in a comic book film — particularly “Dead @ 17″? What about Dougherty scripting it? Sound off in the comments.