Lionsgate has landed the feature script adaptation of the horror graphic novel, “Memetic.” The screenplay was written by Mattson Tomlin, who co-wrote “The Batman” with director Matt Reeves, and which also just started production in London with Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader.
Published in 2015, “Memetic” is about an internet meme that goes viral around a college campus, soon spreading around the world and becoming weaponized, ultimately leading to the end of civilization. The apocalyptic-themed plot is an analogy for how society unwittingly spreads hate and destructive content just by denouncing it online (the word “memetics” is actually the study of information and culture that is closely related to Darwin’s theory of evolution).
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey will produce. The production company is fresh off the success of the comedy “Good Boys” and the Amazon action/drama “The Boys,” which is also based on a comic book series.
No word yet on who is being courted for director, but with Tomlin and Point Grey involved and a plotline like that, we’re sold.
By Michael Jacobo
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