Tag Graphic Novel Picked Up by Fox for Annabelle Director John Leonetti

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The latest graphic novel to be picked up for an adaptation into a movie is Boom! Studios‘ Tag, created and written by Keith Giffen and drawn by Kody Chamberlain and Chee, with Annabelle director John Leonetti attached to helm from a screenplay by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, according to Deadline.

Serialized as a three issue mini-series and then collected, Tag is about a man who is “tagged” by a random stranger who then discovers his body is decomposing, forcing him to figure out the origins of the curse and decide whether to pass it onto someone else by tagging them.

Tag was originally in development at Universal, but after the rights lapsed, Fox picked it up under their first look deal with Boom! Studios. Boom! CEO Ross Richie will produce the movie along with  BOOM’s President of Development Stephen Christy and Senior Vice President of Film Adam Yoelin. Ryan Jones and Mark Roybal will be on board to produce for Fox.

Leonetti recently finished filming Wolves at the Door for New Line, following the enormous worldwide hit of Annabelle, which grossed $255 million worldwide after spinning off from New Line’s other horror megahit The Conjuring.

For writers Collins and Piotrowski, this will be their follow-up to the Blumhouse Productions film Stephanie being directed by Akiva Goldsman and another untitled horror film being directed by Marc Munden for A24.