200608041154As if on cue, Universal announces an option on THE LEADING MAN, by B. Clay Moore and Jeremy Haun, and published by Oni Press.

Marc Platt will produce through his Marc Platt Productions along with Eric Gitter via his Closed on Mondays Entertainment, which has a partnership with Oni Press.

Written by B. Clay Moore and illustrated by Jeremy Haun, the comic follows the adventures of the world’s biggest movie star, Nick Walter. Walter uses his celebrity, access, lifestyle and his films’ international location shoots as a cover for his real job, that of an international spy.

The first issue was published July 13. Moore wrote “Hawaiian Dick,” which is set up at New Line.

Congrats to B. Clay Moore for coming up with a concept so tasty that no studio could resist. For, you see, graphic novels serve as rich source material for film producers looking for ready-to-visualize stories, and they’re viewed as product extensions of comic book publishers, video game makers and television series. Wow! Just add water.