I’m sure I don’t have to tell you guys how much ruins your day when a wormhole opens up in the middle of the city right when you’re trying to get some lunch. Such is the case for the civilians who live inside the world of FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics, the Vertigo Comics series from Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez. Scientific conundrums like this, and many more, are on their way to the big screen. Warner Bros. has tapped screenwriter Justin Marks, who penned the script for Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, to take over writing duties for an FBP feature.
To do this, Marks will reteam with filmmaker David Goyer, who, along with Nelli Reed, will produce through his Phantom Four banner. Goyer is no stranger to comic book movies, as he first broke out writing the Blade series (and directing the third entry) before moving on to Warner Bros. and assisting Christopher Nolan in shaping his Dark Knight trilogy, and later co-writing Man of Steel with Zack Snyder. Federal Bureau of Physics, which was first published in July 2013, doesn’t have nearly as large a lead-in as those projects, so it’s up to Marks to give this story the size and scope that it deserves.
The story centers on the titular government agency put into place after strange events start occurring all over the world, including gravity randomly disappearing, thermodynamics failure, and those blasted kitchen wormholes. An up-and-coming agent named Adam Hardy is tasked with a rescue mission to an alternate dimension known as a BubbleVerse that sprouted up out of nowhere, but his new partners may have other things in mind. Not only does he have to worry about erratic quantum behavior, but he can’t even trust real people. And I bet it all takes place on a Monday, too.
Though Marks’ only produced feature screenplay was for 2009’s abysmal Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, he has scripts out for the DC comic adaptation Suicide Squad, Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea project, as well as a new military thriller for Jerry Bruckheimer. He also wrote the pilot Rewind for Syfy, though that series never got picked up. He also worked with Goyer on the upcoming DC animated film Green Arrow: Escape From Supermax.
There’s no timeline set signifying how quickly this flick will get into production, or if it will even get anywhere near that, but I bet they go with the comic’s original title, Collider, whenever Warner starts searching for a director. Below you can find a few pages of the first issue. Issue #9 hits shelves Wednesday, April 9.