Thomas Jane's playing the game

Thomas Jane will need to remember all the weapons skills he learned to play the Punisher. He’s signed up for The Mutant Chronicles, an apocalyptic tale of slavering beasts and the war-weary marines who have to stop them from destroying humanity.

Based on a role-playing board game, Mutant Chronicles is set in the 23rd century, which spins the story of giant corporations sucking the planet dry of its resources. To make matters worse, an army of underworld NecroMutants is after what remains. Jane will play a commander just trying to keep his men alive.

The film has been lodged in development hell for a decade, but now Simon Hunter, who last directed the 2000 horror Lighthouse, starring James Purefoy, will direct from his own script. “It’ll be Saving Private Ryan with Mutants,” says the 36-year-old Brit…