Fox is negotiating to grab rights to the Archaia graphic novel Rust, with Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) attached to write and X-Men: First Class producer Simon Kinberg to produce, according to THR. The yet-to-be-released graphic novel made the rounds to all the studios earlier this week, generating considerable buzz. Warner Bros., where it was presented by writer-producer Akiva Goldsman, was also in the running to nab adaptation rights, but Fox moved aggressively on the Rust movie project.
Archaia’s Rust is described as a “high-octane adventure set in the prairie lands of an unknown time. Life on the Taylor family farm was difficult enough before Jet Jones crashes into the barn, chased by a giant decommissioned war robot! Oldest on Roman Taylor struggles to keep his family¹s small farm afloat as the area heals from a devastating world war. While the rest of his family may not trust the mysterious boy with the jetpack, Roman believes the secrets of Jet’s past may be the key to their survival.”
Simon Kinberg is also a writer-producer on the McG-directed romance action movie This Means War, starring Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine. The Devil Wears Prada writer McKenna recently wrapped We Bought a Zoo.
The Rust graphic novel will be available in bookstores September 2011.