Sony Eyes Marvel’s Killraven

With all of the major comic book superheroes picked over by Hollywood, some of the lesser-known caped crusaders are getting a shot a the big screen. The latest adaptation news comes from Sony Pictures, which is working to strike a deal with Marvel for screen rights to its Killraven propery, according to Daily Variety.

Introduced in the 1970s, the Killraven comics follow the futuristic exploits of a gladiator who rises to lead a group of revolutionaries against alien invaders who have enslaved the human race.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle) is reportedly being courted to script the feature film, which Marvel head Avi Arad and Angryfilms’ Don Murphy would produce. Murphy is now spearheading New Line Cinema’s feature adaptation of Marvel’s Iron Man, with Nick Cassavettes (The Notebook, She’s So Lovely) directing.

After spinning box office gold with its Spider-Man and X-Men franchises, Marvel found moderate success with 2003’s Daredevil but misfired with last year’s spin-off, Elektra, and its 2004 stab at The Punisher. The company’s next comic-to-screen effort, Fantastic Four, is set to arrive in theaters during the 4th of July weekend. Also in the pipeline is Ghost Rider with Nicolas Cage in the starring role and Daredevil helmer Mark Steven Johnson in the director’s chair.