Vigilante Entertainment has optioned Warren Ellis and Juan Jose Ryp’s comic book series “Black Summer” with Ryne Pearson ("Knowing") onboard to adapt the script.
Originally published in 2007 as a seven issue miniseries by Avatar Press, “Black Summer” chronicles the rise and fall of a superhero team called the Seven Guns—composed of scientist-adventurers who modified their bodies to gain powers—in the wake of one member's decision to kill the President of the United States and create a better government.
According to Variety, Vigilante Entertainment is a new company formed by Hicham Benkirane, the former head of audiovisual development at French comic book publisher Humanoids.
Despite leaving Humanoids, Benkirane has retained the film rights to a few of the titles he developed there—including "The Book of Jack" and "Fragile"—while also pursing other projects to adapt.
This latest deal continues to cement Ellis’ status as a rising star in Hollywood. Last month it was announced that Ellis would be writing the screenplay adaptation of “Gravel” for Legendary Pictures. An adaptation of Ellis’ “Red” is also set to shoot in January with Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman along with previously announced projects like “Ocean” and a series of Marvel Anime features based on Wolverine, Iron Man and other Marvel characters.
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