Do we really need another movie about a dad seeking revenge on someone for harming his daughter? Paramount thinks so. According to THR, the studio bought the rights to the Nick Spencer-written, Ronald Salas-illustrated action comic Existence 2.0. Miles Millar and Alfred Gough are on board to adapt.

The comic focuses on Sylvester Baladine, a selfish physicist who’s killed by a hitman. Things get freaky when Sylvester’s consciousness is transferred to the hitman’s body and he proceeds to revel in the killer’s lifestyle. That all changes when his daughter is kidnapped by the same people who plotted to kill him.

Without having read the series, it’s hard to get too judgmental, but based on the summary, I’m not all that interested. The film’s potential relies heavily on the actor assigned to play Sylvester. So until I read the book or the studio casts the lead, Existence 2.0 is what is.

The film is actually more interesting from the business standpoint. Platinum Dunes, the Paramount shingle run by Michael Bay, will produce. The odd thing is, nearly every film the company is responsible for is a horror remake (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Hitcher and more). In December, when Paramount first united with Platinum Dunes through a first-look deal, it was suggested that one of the goals of the arrangement was to help PD move away from the horror reboot craze. Back then, The Butcherhouse Chronicles was expected to be movie #1 under the deal, but THR is touting Existence 2.0 as the premiere production. Either way, a non-horror redo is on the way and the pressure’s on.

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