Need more apocalypse now? Writer hired to adapt Afterburn

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Matt Johnson has been tapped to adapt the sci-fi comic book Afterburn for Relativity Media, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is being produced by Neal Moritz's Original Films and Toby Maguire's Maguire Entertainment banner.

Afterburn is an adventure based on books published by Red 5 Comics, set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic Earth whose Eastern Hemisphere was destroyed by a massive solar flare. The surviving life is mutated from radiation and fallout.

The story revolves around a group of treasure hunters who extract such objects as the Mona Lisa, the Rosetta Stone and the Crown Jewels while facing rival hunters, mutants and pirates.

Johnson wrote the action thrillers Torque and Into the Blue.