The upcoming San Diego Comic-con usually yields its fair share of announcements and deals about properties being developed as entertainment vehicles. One of the more noteworthy nuggets going into this year’s confab? New life for a movie based on the popular comic book property The Darkness, reports the LA Times.
Mandeville Films, the Walt Disney-affiliated producers behind last year’s Oscar contender The Fighter, has pacted with “Darkness” publisher Top Cow to develop a film based on the dark genre piece. A spokeswoman for Mandeville confirmed the deal.
The graphic novels center on a mobster named Jackie Estacado who discovers he has inherited a murderous power known as “the darkness” that allows him to summon creatures from another realm. Estacado must then find a way to tame the power while vanquishing his enemies within the crime family in which he operates.
Co-created by Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri in 1996, “The Darkness” has yielded more than 115 books and sold 25 million copies around the world, according to the company. It’s also spawned a popular video game, with a sequel set to come out in October.