Sting's wife bringing graphic novel to screen

Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:57am EDT
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By Sam Andrews

LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - Rocker Sting's wife Trudie Styler has acquired film rights to the upcoming graphic novel "American Reaper."

The story is set in a future where identity theft leads to victims having their minds erased and replaced by those of the elderly rich seeking a second youth or by criminals and terrorists with more sinister motives. A team of special agents, known as Reapers, are formed to track down and terminate those responsible.

It was created by Pat Mills and Clint Langley. Mills, who will write the screen adaptation, has helped to create a string of hit graphic novels, including "Judge Dredd" and "Marshal Law." Langley, who is known for his innovative use of computer art imagery, has been his regular collaborator since 1991.

Styler's Xingu Films is perhaps best known for producing the 2006 film "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," starring Robert Downey Jr.

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<p>Trudie Styler poses for photographers during a photocall for her film "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" at the 32nd American Film Festival of Deauville in France September 5, 2006. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier</p>