Lightstorm shores up live-action ‘Fathom’

Top Cow closes another comicbook development deal

This article was corrected on Sept. 6, 2001.

James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment has signed on to develop and produce a live-action version of Top Cow Prods.’ bestselling comicbook “Fathom” with 20th Century Fox.

Created and illustrated by Michael Turner, “Fathom” follows a beautiful young girl named Aspen Mathews who is found on an abandoned yacht with no memory of her past. Growing up, she becomes an Olympic swimmer and a marine biologist. During her research, she discovers not only a mysterious underwater race but her own water-based powers.

On back burner

Fox Animation acquired the project nearly two years ago, but had back-burned it when the studio was downsized. “Fathom” was later revived by Fox production veep Emma Watts and production prexy Hutch Parker.

The sci-fi concept with a dynamic female lead set in an underwater environment piqued the interest of Cameron, who will produce with Lightstorm partner Jon Landau and prexy Rae Sanchini.

Top Cow founder and CEO Marc Silvestri, production prexy Spike Seldin and former Top Cow prexy and CEO of Eruptor Entertainment Brad Foxhoven will exec produce with Turner. Watts will shepherd the pic for Fox with Fox Animation prexy Chris Meledandri.

Top Cow has closed feature development deals with Warner Bros. (“Inferno” with producer Joel Silver), MGM (“The Cleaner” with John Woo, Terrence Chang’s “Lion Rock”) and Fox (“The A Team”) and has received a second-season order on TV skein “Witchblade,” the TNT series based on the comic.

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