Rehme strings ‘Pearl’

Rehme Prods. has optioned film and television rights to screenplay co-written by actor Mark Hamill and Eric Johnson, based on the limited series of comic books created by the former “Star Wars” star. Script, titled “The Black Pearl,” is drawn from Hamill’s Dark Horse comic books and trade paperback of the same name.

Rehme Prods. is pursuing both feature and TV versions of the property, according to company founder and chief Robert Rehme.

Story’s protagonist is Luther Drake, a quirky loner who saves a woman from abduction and is subsequently labeled a hero by a ratings-hungry media, then finds himself trapped in the role of celebrity.

Hamill has had some experience with celebrity: He played the universe’s most famous Jedi knight, Luke Skywalker, in George Lucas’ “Star Wars” trilogy.

Dark Horse Comics initially published “The Black Pearl” comic book in a five-issue series in 1995. All the issues were combined under single cover in a trade paperback published in 1997.

” ‘The Black Pearl’ is a taut, focused tale of gray morality,” said Rehme. “This is not a superhero saga. It’s a mix of tabloid thriller, romance and adventure.”

Rehme, a longtime producer, is currently president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.

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