Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Witchblade Resharpened For Film

Platinum Studios, IDG Films and Relativity Media are financing and producing two back-to-back features based on the comic-book series Witchblade, Variety reported. Shooting is set to begin late next year in China; no writer or director is yet attached, the trade paper reported.

Platinum is producing through its partnership with independent comic publisher Top Cow Productions, which holds the rights to Witchblade.

The comics follow the story of a female detective who comes into possession of a mystical and powerful weapon that she uses to battle crime and evil. The comic was previously adapted as a TNT TV show, which was the most successful original series in the network's history during its brief run.

Producers are Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh and Lynwood Spinks, Platinum chair Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and IDG Films' Steven Squillante and David Lee. Top Cow founder Mark Silvestri and Arclight's Gary Hamilton and Harrison Kordestani executive-produce. Co-producing are Top Cow's Matt Hawkins and Platinum executives Jay Burns and Aaron Severson.

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