'Undercover' scribe to adapt 'Darkness' for UrbanEntertainment

Fresh off selling the film rights to Internet series “Undercover Brother” to Universal for $2 million, writer producer John Ridley (“Three Kings,” NBC’s “Third Watch”) is readying to create a second animated Webisodic series for UrbanEntertainment.com.

Ridley plans to next adapt his sci-fi novel “Walk in Darkness” as an animated series for the dot-com, with the first episodes skedded to bow later this summer. Site’s parent Urban Media will produce, splitting revenues, such as from advertising, with Ridley.

Cop a deal

As part of the deal, Ridley will write, produce and direct the series that centers on a rookie cop whose first year on the job changes her as she is charged with the task of hunting down mutants with superhuman abilities.

Paul Miloknay of Rohner and Walerstein brokered the deal. Ridley is represented by Stephanie Davis of Artists Management Group and David Lonner of Endeavor.

“The great thing about working with Urban Entertainment is that they let me give heroes of color a prominent presence within the African-American market and allows me to offer the African-American market colorful action heroes,” Ridley said.

“Undercover Brother” was a series of three- to five-minute comedy shorts. U acquired the project in May for Imagine Entertainment to develop into a pic.

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