Chris Evans is trading his shield for a very different kind of weapon: his mind grapes. Per Deadline, the Captain America actor is in talks to lead an adaptation of the D. Eric Maikranz novel The Reincarnationist Papers called Infinite, which revolves around a man who is haunted by memories of two past lives. As it turns out, there exists a centuries-old secret society of other individuals who remember their own past lives, and who use their abilities to affect change throughout history. After discovering the society, the man seeks to join their ranks.
Antoine Fuqua, the filmmaker behind films as varied as Training Day, King Arthur, and The Magnificent Seven, is set to direct based on a script by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) and Ian Shorr (Trenches). The film will be produced by Transformers veteran Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
This is a curious choice of material for Evans, who will next be seen in the Marvel Studios sequel Avengers: Endgame in April. Many expect this will be Evans’ final appearance as Captain America, as Endgame marks the end of his contract and he’s been public about his desire to branch out. He most recently shot a role in Rian Johnson’s highly anticipated murder mystery Knives Out, which hits theaters this fall, and is set to reteam with Tom Holland for the Netflix serial killer drama The Devil All the Time.
It’s unclear when filming on Infinite would begin. It’s an intriguing, Assassin’s Creed-like premise, but I honestly wish a more exciting filmmaker as at the helm. Fuqua has had success with films like The Equalizer and Olympus Has Fallen, but I wouldn’t necessarily call him inspired. Regardless, I’m hoping for the best with this one.