Variety is reporting that actor Hugh Jackman and writer Marc Guggenheim, co-creator of TV’s Eli Stone, are working with Virgin Comics to create an original comic book series called Nowhere Man, which will eventually make its way to the big screen with Jackman starring as the titular hero.
“I’ve had so much fun in the graphic novel world with the X-Men franchise that I wanted to get even more involved,” said Jackman. “I’m excited to work with Virgin and Marc and create a compelling character and story that hopefully will also make it to the big screen.
John Palmero, Jackman’s Seed Productions partner, said that the series will feature a protagonist much like the character Will Smith played in I Am Legend. The concept sounds like Spielberg’s Phillip K. Dick inspired Minority Report, set in a futuristic world in which mankind has traded privacy for safety.
Guggenheim previously worked with Marvel comics, writing installments of The Amazing Spider-man and Wolverine, and of course, Jackman is certainly no stranger to comic book adaptations (his X-men Origins: Wolverine is expected to hit theaters in May 2009). The two appear to be a good match for this project.
Nowhere Man is lined up alongside several other Virgin projects that are expected to be put into production including Voodoo Child which involves Nicolas Cage, Gamekeeper which is being helmed by Guy Richie and produced by Joel Silver, and Virulents which is to be helmed by John Moore.
Jackman will star in a couple of films that will hit theaters this year. Deception, co-starring Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams will be released on April 25 and Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, co-starring Nicole Kidman is due out on Nov. 20.