John Leonetti, the director of one of 2014’s most successful horror films, Annabelle, will direct an adaptation of the graphic novel Tag.
The film is said to have supernatural elements, something Leonetti handled very well with Annabelle, a prequel to The Conjuring.
Fox has picked up rights to Tag with director John Leonetti attached to direct and Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski (Universal/Blumhouse’s forthcoming Stephanie) scripting.
Annabelle grossed $255.2M worldwide on a budget of around $5M. This project was in development at Universal for a period of time, but then the rights reverted back to BOOM!, which brought it to Fox under their first-look deal with the studio.
The Tag graphic novel first started out as a comic book that was created and written by Keith Giffen (DC’s Justice League). It was drawn by Kody Chamberlain (Punks) and Chee and then serialized as a three issue mini-series in 2006. It was collected into a graphic novel trade paperback in December 2014.
The story centers on an everyday man who is “tagged” by a random stranger and returns home to make a terrifying discovery– his body is decomposing before his very eyes. He must figure out the origin of the curse, or make the morally challenging decision to pass it on to somebody else before it overtakes his body. The plot of the film is being kept under wraps but will be designed as a psychological thriller with elements of supernatural horror and focus on a female protagonist.
BOOM! CEO Ross Richie will produce along with president of development Stephen Christy. BOOM!’s SVP Film Adam Yoelin will co-produce. Ryan Jones and Mark Roybal will oversee for Fox.