Transformers star Megan Fox is in final negotiations to star opposite Josh Brolin and John Malkovich in the supernatural western Jonah Hex, based on the DC Comic, and to star in and develop Fathom, Fox Atomic's comic-book-based underwater adventure, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In Hex, being directed by Jimmy Hayward, Fox will play Leila, a gun-wielding beauty and love interest of Hex (Brolin), a scarred bounty hunter tracking a voodoo practitioner (Malkovich) who wants to raise an army of undead to liberate the South.
The movie is prepping for a shoot in April, with Mad Chance's Andrew Lazar and Weed Road's Akiva Goldsman producing.
Fathom, a comic created by recently deceased artist Michael Turner, follows a young woman named Aspen who learns she is a member of a race of aquatic humanoids who possess the ability to control water.
The project was at one point set up at James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment. When the option lapsed, producer Peter Safran scooped it up and began packaging it, eventually attracting Fox, a fan of the comic since its 1998 debut, when it became the top-selling comic of the year. Fox had been seeking Turner to investigate Fathom's rights availability.
Fox is now helping develop and shape the adaptation, which is being written by Jordan Mechner, the creator of the video game Prince of Persia and a writer on Disney's Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film adaptation.