U makes ‘Killer’ strike

Alba takes comicbook-adapted role as vengeful killer

Universal Pictures and Strike Entertainment will turn the comicbook “Beautiful Killer” into an action vehicle for Jessica Alba.

The actress is currently following her run as TV’s “Dark Angel” by starring in U-based drama “Honey.”

Strike’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman are producing, and Alba and Chris Henze will exec produce the pic, based on the single “Beautiful Killer” issue published so far by Black Bull Comics. The focus is a young girl driven to seek vengeance after her parents are killed because of their involvement in the espionage game.

U execs Donna Langley and Amy Kane will supervise with Strike exec Josh Bratman. They are already out to writers in hopes they can be ready for the Endeavor-repped Alba’s next open slot. The comic’s title will be dropped, and the concept honed to be reminiscent of “La Femme Nikita.” That will give Alba ample opportunity to use the physical skills honed in her TV work.

“This is very cool, dark material that at its core is about a girl who loses her family to mysterious killers, flees and ultimately chooses to exact revenge,” said Alba. “The chance to shape a character and story from inception is a luxury for an actress. I had the opportunity to collaborate that way with James Cameron and Chic Eglee from the very beginning (on ‘Dark Angel’), and it is an experience I hope to repeat.”

‘Killer’ in family

Strike struck a Universal deal in May, and “Beautiful Killer” joins a growing list of films that includes “Helldorado,” “Lucky Jim” and a remake of George Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead.”

It is the second deal made for Black Bull by agent Emile Gladstone.

The comic label was formed by Wizard Entertainment chairman Gareb S. Shamus, who publishes the comic trade mag Wizard and decided to spin off new creations under Black Bull. The “Beautiful Killer” deal makes Black Bull two for two in movie options; Catch 23 is developing the label’s first comic creation, the apocalyptic “Just a Pilgrim.”

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