‘Lost’ Writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach To Adapt ‘Dead@17′

Back in March, “Dead@17” creator Josh Howard told MTV News that Dennis Iliadis (“Last House On The Left”) had signed on to direct the potential feature film adaptation. And now the project has a new screenwriter as well.

Javier Grillo-Marxuach recently left the following statement on Twitter: “Oh, here’s another riddle – what has two thumbs and is adapting Josh Howard’s ’Dead@17′ for the movies?” Howard later confirmed the news after posting an update of his own: “Met with the writer of the (potential) ’Dead@17′ movie yesterday. Despite my fears, it went very well. Nara and Hazy are in good hands.”

Last year, Howard revealed that “Superman Returns” and “X2: X-Men United” screenwriter Mike Dougherty was attached to adapt it and mentioned that “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens was being pursued to play the lead character, Nara Kilday.

Dougherty eventually moved on to other projects, while Hudgens told MTV News in April that the “Dead@17″ film was “something that came up and never really materialized.”

“Dead@17″ was originally published by Viper Comics and follows Nara, a young girl who is murdered and subsequently resurrected to fight demons and prevent the end of the world. Howard recently finished up “Dead@17: The Witch Queen,” the sixth miniseries which was published through Image Comics. Howard has also stated that he has started work on the seventh and final “Dead@17″ miniseries.

Grillo-Marxuach is no stranger to comics either, having written and created “The Middleman” for Viper Comics, which later became a TV series on ABC Family. Grillo-Marxuach was previously a screenwriter on “Lost” and “Charmed” in addition to previously working on an adaptation of Brian Wood and Rob G.’s “Couriers.”

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