Although previously announced at Wizardworld Los Angeles, the word of Charlize Theron's involvement in the film adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' award-winning Jinx has now become unofficially official, thanks to a mention in The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the publication, Theron, who recently won a Best Actress Oscar for her leading role in Monster, is in negotiations to not only star, but produce the film as well, through her production company, Denver & Delilah Films. Bendis himself will pen the screenplay.
This deal isn't the first time, Bendis has done deal-making dances with Hollywood types, as anyone who's read his satirical Hollywood chronicle Fortune & Glory can attest to. The rights to Jinx and Goldfish were originally with Miramax, but never made any significant directions towards a signed production deal.
Schedules are still subject to finalization, as Theron is still committed to filming the live action adaptation of Aeon Flux, based on the MTV cartoon of the same name, and the HBO movie The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and Bendis remains firm about his commitments to his comic schedule.
According to Bendis, Theron started attaching herself to the project before she received her Oscar, but had "the most unHollywood notion of honoring her word after she became a big time Oscar winner."
Despite the book's obvious cinematic influences, Bendis insisted that in its present form, Jinx still needs a fair amount of work before it can transform into a workable screenplay from its epic form. "Though Jinx has filmic language, it is still very much a novel that takes its sweet time going where it goes," Bendis said. "There are big differences in structure and pacing. And yes, I do know what pacing is."
Jinx, which Bendis wrote and illustrated over the course of 2 1/2 years, was one of his earlier creator-owned projects before he found success with Image and Marvel. Its story revolves around the relationship between a worn out bounty hunter and a reluctant criminal and their partnership to locate millions of dolars of mob money.
Bendis maintained, "The characters and themes and most of the circus of the plot will remain the same. The relationship between Goldfish and Jinx is the hook of the book and the movie. It’s why Charlize is involved."