Comics stalwart to adapt works for big screen

NEW YORK — Miramax Films’ genre banner Dimension Films and Cary Brokaw’s Avenue Pictures have acquired theatrical rights to Brian Michael Bendis’ “AKA Goldfish,” an urban crime drama comic book series, and its sequel, “Jinx.”

“Along with a fantastic career in comics, Brian is a bright new voice for the film world,” said Miramax co-chairman Bob Weinstein. ” ‘AKA Goldfish’ and ‘Jinx’ will not only offer Dimension a great new film series, but many franchise opportunities along the lines of ‘The Crow.’ ”

Under the pact, Bendis will adapt his comic books for the big screen, and Dimension and Avenue will get a first look at his future projects.

Brokaw and Avenue’s vice president of production, Michael Zoumas, will produce the film versions of both “AKA Goldfish” and “Jinx” for Dimension. Among the films that Avenue has produced are “Drugstore Cowboy,” “The Player,” “Restoration” and the upcoming “The Road to Graceland.”

David Engel, who brought the project to Avenue, will serve as co-exec producer.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Dimension Films by vice president of business and legal affairs Cary Meadows. On behalf of Avenue Pictures, the deal was negotiated by Brokaw, Zoumas and Sheri Halfon. On behalf of Bendis, the deal was negotiated by Chris Silbermann of Broder-Kurland-Webb-Uffner Agency.

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