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Some potentially good news coming out of comic book land today. Seems that Top Cow has signed another production deal and hopefully this one will move a little faster than the long gestating "Magdalena" adaptation.

THR reports that Fox has picked up rights to "Theory of Everything." The one off comic is the product of Top Cow's successful "Pilot Season" in which the company produces six one-shot comics and allows fans to vote on which will become an ongoing series. "Theory of Everything" was one of the titles produced in 2011 and though it didn't manage to win an ongoing series, it has caught the attention of Hollywood, likely because it already reads like a high octane sci-fi thriller, the kind of big blockbuster stuff that keeps the bills paid and the cameras rolling - if handled correctly.

Dan Casey wrote the comic based on an idea he cooked up with Nick Nantell in which reality as we know it is a group of mirrors which in turn mirror other universes (there's some crazy string theory and quantum physics stuff going on here). The story centers on Charles Witten, a once brilliant scientist who suffers a downfall after his wife's death. He also happens to have developed a theory for travelling between the various dimensions but he could never manage to get the technology to work, making him the laughing stock of the scientific community, but when a team of men rob a bank in Switzerland using what appears to be Witten's unfinished work, the CIA bring him onboard to help solve the case and in the process, he discovers that his wife isn't dead but rather trapped in another dimension.

There's a lot of material and ideas crammed into Casey's book, it's one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much, and the story offers up more than enough material for a movie. Casey has been charged with adapting the screenplay which is great considering he's intimately familiar with the complicated universe. At this point, all we can do is wait and hope that the project will actually get off the ground.

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