Dec. 16, 2005

'Darkness' on way to big screen

Talk about your built-in fan base. "The Darkness," a popular comic book published by Top Cow Prods., is the latest print property to go the multimedia route with plans for a feature film and video game adaption, though it has taken a circuitous route to get there. Platinum Studios and Blue Star Pictures have inked a deal with directors Danny and Oxide Pang to direct the big-screen adaptation of "Darkness," created by Marc Silvestri, Garth Ennis and David Wohl.
The comic book generated more than $25 million in print sales. Majesco, which was set to publish the game developed by Starbreeze Studios, recently sold the rights to "Darkness" and another comic book/video game property, "Ghost Rider" (also in the works as a feature film through Sony Pictures), for $8 million. Starbreeze Studios also was the team behind last year's surprise hit "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay," done for Vin Diesel's video game company, Tigon Studios. (John Gaudiosi)