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Jeff Smith's 'RASL' optioned by Warner

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Sherlock Holmes producer Lionel Wigram has acquired the film rights to adapt Jeff Smith's popular comic book series RASL for Warner Bros.

Wigram will produce the film adaptation alongside Smith himself, and Wigram Productions vice president Peter Eskelsen will serve as executive producer on the the project.

"We'll team with a writer and figure out how to adapt it to the screen and hopefully it will become a big movie franchise for Warner Bros," Wigram told Deadline.

The black and white series, which began in 2008, follows an ex-military scientist who becomes a time-travelling art thief who inadvertently discovers the world's darkest secret.

Smith is best known for his Eisner Award-winning graphic novel series Bone, while Wigram himself was the inspiration behind Guy Ritchie's popular Sherlock Holmes reboot and its upcoming sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

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