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Jeff Smith’s Sci-Fi Comic RASL To Jump To The Big Screen

Sherlock Holmes producer Lionel Wigram has landed the film rights to RASL, the sci-fi noir comic by Bone creator Jeff Smith, Deadline reports. The adaptation is envisioned as a franchise for Warner Bros.

Debuting in 2008, the series follows an ex-military scientist turned art thief who jumps through space and time, searching for his next big score while trying to escape his past. But he soon faces an assassin’s bullet and stumbles onto a mystery that not only threatens to expose his own illegal activities but could also uncover one of the world’s most dangerous and sought-after secrets.

The Warner Bros.-based Wigram tells Deadline he bought the rights to RASL after it was brought to his attention by Peter Eskelsen, vice president of Wigram Productions. Wigram and Smith will produce the adaptation, with Eskelsen executive producing.


  • Guest

    now if only we can get a Bone animated series

  • Nick

    I think RASL is a great series. I’ll be interested to see what they do with it, though I wish the comic book would come out more frequently.

  • coreymatthews

    I’d like to see the end of the comic before this finishes up.


  • Machu929

    love the book, cant really see it translating to the screen. Because it focuses so heavily on Tesla, I think everyone will call it a knock off of the illusionist.

  • Eturner

    I Met Mr. Smith at the 2010 OAEA (Ohio Art Educators Association) conference, and he said that a Bone CG animated movie is in the animation phase.

  • Derrick

    If I had a vote, I’d cast Michael C. Hall as Robert/RASL.

  • N cat demon

    I’d say a property like this is roughly 40% less likely to be cruelly butchered by Hollywood than Bone.

  • Ollywood

    i think you mean the prestige. although i can’t really remember the illusionist but i know tesla featured in the prestige, played by david bowie.

  • Dawnell_do

    I never read this comic, but it sounds very interesting.

  • Kbrettauer

    Charlie Hunnam please.