Chronicle director to adapt bloody, alternate history comic The Red Star for the screen

Chronicle director Josh Trank's recent success has tied his name to every potential geek flick in the works. First, there were rumors he would reboot the Fantastic Four, then it was Venom, and now comes another new comic book adaptation right out of left-field.

Deadline reports that Trank's slated to direct an adaptation of Christian Gossett's The Red Star, which is set in an alternate universe where the Soviet Union is alive, growing, and using magic on a day-to-day basis. Here's the official synopsis from Amazon:

Over the course of several generations, the once mighty empire known as the United Republics of The Red Star slaughtered millions of it's own people by the order of a single man. The man was their leader, Imbohl, a mighty sorcerer whose insanity turned his people's Utopian dreams into a nightmarish scheme driven by the desire to create his own immortality. Haunted by the ghosts of their nation's tragic past, the Heroes of the Red Star discover the true nature of their nation's struggle, abandon their duties as soldiers of the Red Fleet, and embark upon a quest to liberate their people from Imbohl's dark legacy. The Battle of Kar Dathra's Gate is a fictionalization of the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.