On September 25, Touchstone Pictures releases The Surrogates, a major motion picture based on the work of UCF alum Robert Venditti. Venditti wrote the 2003 comic book series of the same name that was illustrated by Brett Weldele and published by Top Shelf Productions. The comic, set in a future where people live vicariously through artificial “surrogates”, is “a resplendently grimy commentary” on identity and the role of technology in our lives according to Entertainment Weekly. Venditti’s next graphic novel The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone also debuts on September 25, and his political/medical thriller The Homeland Directive will follow in 2010. He is also featured in an interview in the Orlando Sentinel.