Lions Gate snaps up deal on graphic novels

Lions Gate Films has signed a deal to acquire feature rights to a spate of graphic novel titles by Steve Niles. The movies will serve as starring vehicles for actor Thomas Jane, who previously starred in Lions Gate’s “The Punisher.” The first films to be produced under the deal will include adaptations of Niles’ “The Lurkers,” “In the Blood” and “The Dark Country.” Jane will star in all three pics, as well as produce them with Niles.Screenwriter Tab Murphy (“Brother Bear,” “Tarzan”) has already been tapped to adapt “Country.”

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