Universal Studios buys option for Tag comic!

Yes, the rumors are true, and I can officially confirm that Universal Studios has purchased the film option for Tag from BOOM! Studios.

Here's the intro to the interview, and the link to the full article. Please note there is an error in the report, issue 2 is NOT out. Issue 2 is in progress and should be finished in a few weeks.

From Newsarama:

When Keith Giffen came up with the idea for the comic book Tag based on the phrase, "Tag! You're It," he had no idea it would be Universal Pictures saying it.

Universal has acquired the film rights to Tag, a three-issue miniseries from Boom! Studios that was created by Giffen and artist Kody Chamberlain. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marc Platt will produce the adaptation of Tag along with Ross Richie and Andrew Cosby via Boom Entertainment Inc.

If you’re scratching your head becuiase you’ve never heard of the comic – well it is new. Issue #1 of Tag hit comics shops in June with issue #2 just out. But already, film rights for the movie have been scooped up by a major studio. The same thing happened after one issue was published of another project from Boom! Studios: the comic book, Talent written by Chrisopher Golden and Tom Sniegoski with Paul Azaceta on art, which was reported to have five studios in a bidding war for rights.

Labeled as a horror/zombie comic, Tag doesn't follow the more familiar premise for a zombie story. The comic is based on the idea that a curse is passed from one person to the next with the phrase, "Tag! You're it!" In the first issue, the main character, Mitch, has just come from a fight with his girlfriend, Izumi, when a stranger walks up to him and tags him. Mitch ends up in the hospital, where doctors pronounce him dead, but he simply gets up and walks out despite the fact that he has no heartbeat and doesn't need to breathe.

Newsarama tracked down Giffen for a conversation concerning the comic and asked him about the deal with Universal and what this means for the future of the story.

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