Steve Niles, who already has more than a handful of his comics being adapted for the big screen (most notably 30 Days of Night), has signed a major deal with Lions Gate Films that will produce several movies based on his books. Thomas Jane (The Punisher) will star in all of the movies and will serve as producer. This is a major step not only for Steve Niles, but for Lions Gate who is struggling to take that extra step and become a “real” studio. Niles has been working a some projects with Rob Zombie, which may have helped provoke this deal. Read on for the skinny…
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
Lions Gate Films announced Thursday an overall deal with comic book author Steve Niles. Peter Block, president of acquisitions and co-productions, and Michael Paseornek, president of Lions Gate Films production, said the company has acquired worldwide rights to several books in Niles’ catalog in addition to establishing a first-look deal on all film projects by or found by Niles and actor Thomas Jane (“The Punisher”). The deal includes Niles’ titles “The Lurkers,” “The Dark Country,” which has been adapted into a screenplay by Tab Murphy (“Tarzan”), “In the Blood” and a new project to be named at next week’s Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Jane intends to take leading or supporting roles in each of the films, and he and Niles will serve as producers with Lions Gate. Block, Paseornek, senior vp acquisitions Jason Constantine and director of development Alex Franklin will oversee production for the studio.