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‘Darkness’ falls upon Dimension

Top Cow comic also being developed as a vidgame

Miramax genre arm Dimension Films has sealed a deal to develop Platinum Studios’ “The Darkness” as its latest bigscreen comicbook adaptation.

Project, published through Platinum’s newly acquired Top Cow brand, revolves around a 21-year-old former assassin who inherits a family secret, an unholy power known as “the darkness,” which changes his life.

Platinum pitched the project as being in the vein of “The Crow,” another dark Dimension property.

“Darkness,” which has sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, is also being developed as a vidgame by Majesco.

The comic’s central character, Jackie Estacado, has crossed into storylines of superhero the Hulk and is skedded to mix in the worlds of Superman and Batman in upcoming issues.

Sources said Dimension paid midsix against seven figures for the project.

Dimension co-prexys Brad Weston and Andrew Rona will oversee the project. Exec VP of business and legal affairs Andrew Gumpert brokered the deal for Dimension.

Platinum was launched in 1997 by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, the exec who brought “Men in Black” to Sony while at Malibu Comics. Platinum holds the world’s largest independent library of comicbook characters.

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