Tommy Wirkola to Direct Afterburn

The Gerard Butler-headlined movie based on the Red 5 Comics mini-series Afterburn, written by ComingSoon.net’s Scott Chitwood and Paul Ens, has a new director on board in Tommy Wirkola, whose English-language debut Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, is set to debut in January 2013.

Having gotten attention for his Norwegian Nazi zombie movie Dead Snow, Wirkola is attached to rewrite and direct the movie, based on the apocalyptic sci-fi comic set in the future after solar flares have left the planet a hazardous wasteland, for Relativity Media, replacing Antoine Fuqua.

Butler will play a treasure hunter who goes into the quarantine zone with his team to recover priceless artifacts, taking on deadly mutants, rival bounty hunters and pirate gangs.