Having sold more than 100 million copies worldwide since its 1995 debut, the Top Cow comic-book property Witchblade is set to hit the big screen through a partnership with Platinum Studios and Arclight Films. Accroding to Daily Variety, Arclight’s Gary Hamilton and Nigel Odell will join Platinum Studios’ Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and Havenwood Media’s Steve Squillante as producers on the live-action adaptation. Production is slated to begin in September, possibly in Australia.
Witchblade revolves around a police officer who comes into posession of a jewel-encrusted gauntlet that gives extraordinary powers to its wearer, a specially chosen female from each generation. The property previously made to the screen in 2000 as a live-action TV movie that became a short-lived TNT series. More recently, Gonzo Digimation intorduced an anime series based on the comic in 2006.
Top Cow recently saw its Wanted comic book series adapted by Universal Pictures. Based on an original concept by legendary comic creator Will Eisner (The Spirit), the film by Nightwatch director Timur Bekmambetov stars Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman, and is set for release on June 27.
After successfully launching the Men in Black property with Sony Pictures, Platinum Studios has two sci-fi feature films based on its comics are set up at DreamWorks’Atlantis Rising and Cowboys and Aliens. The company recently teamed with Hyde Park Ent. to produce Dead of Night, an adaptation of Tiziano Sclavi’s cult-favorite Italian comic book series Dylan Dog, with Superman Returns star Brandon Routh in the lead role, and is also working with Disney to adpat its Unique comic.