Steve Niles’ Wake the Dead lands at Holding Pictures
Holding Pictures has acquired the rights to Steve Niles’ IDW Publishing miniseries Wake the Dead, a modern-day retelling of the Frankenstein stories.
Jay Russell (Tuck Everlasting, The Water Horse) will direct from a script by James V. Hart (August Rush, Bram Stoker’s Dracula). Visual effects will be provided by Peter Jackson’s Weta.
Released in 2003-2004, Wake the Dead originally was snatched up by Dimension Films, with Michael Dougherty (Superman Returns) set to adapt. However, it never made it out of the development stage.
“Me and Jay have been working for three or four years now to get this going,” Niles tells ShockTillYouDrop.com. “All through him doing The Water Horse. And we’ve just been steadily hammering away at it. He’s always had a consistent vision and he knows this is a modern re-telling of Frankenstein. It’s grim death. It’s about as far from My Dog Skip as you can get.”
Platinum and Valhalla team up for Final Orbit adaptation
Platinum Studios’ comic-book thriller Final Orbit won’t be released until early next year, but it’s already winding its way toward the big screen.
The company is teaming with Valhalla Motion Pictures for the adaptation, with Russell Gerwitz (Inside Man) writing the script. Valhalla chair Gale Anne Hurd and Platinum Studios chairman-CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg will produce.
In Final Orbit, a lottery provides winners with the chance to vacation aboard the newly completed International Space Station. The trip turns bad when the station is damaged, trapping the tourists on board with no astronauts around to help.
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