EliotNess, the scourge of Al Capone, is returning to bigscreen crime-busting for Dimension Films in “Torso.”
The Miramax genre division has acquired the rights to the dark comic book series, penned by Brian Bendis and Marc Andreyko, from “Spawn” producer Todd McFarlane.
Bendis and Andreyko will now write a screenplay for Dimension based on their comic strip. McFarlane and Terry Fitzgerald, prexy of Todd McFarlane Entertainment, will produce.
Dimension is planning to position “Torso” as a de facto sequel to Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables,” which starred Kevin Costner, Sean Connery and Robert De Niro, and was a big hit for Paramount Pictures in 1987.
“Torso” takes up where “Untouchables” left off. After his victory over Capone, Ness moves to Cleveland and embarks on a crusade to solve the dozen “Torso” murders, in which a killer so dreadfully mutilated his victims that their bodies were unidentifiable.
Dimension VP Michael Zoumas and director of production David Jordan will oversee the project for the studio, along with Dimension president Cary Granat.
Bendis and Andreyko, who are natives of Cleveland, are noted scribes in the comic book community. Bendis’ credits include the graphic novels “Jinx,” “Goldfish” and “Fire.” Andreyko wrote “The Lost,” “Dr. Strange” and “Wolverine,” among others.
Justin Silvera of Broder Kurland Webb Uffner repped Bendis and attorney Shep Rosenman repped Andreyko.
McFarlane wrote and executive produced “Spawn” and its spinoff TV series for HBO. His company is also a major toy manufacturer and publisher of comic books. McFarlane has directed several musicvids, including Pearl Jam’s “Do the Evolution.”
Endeavor and attorney Peter Bierstedt repped McFarlane and Fitzgerald.