Duo dealing on ‘Demons’

Platinum, Atmosphere make a 'Killing'

Atmosphere Entertainment MM and Platinum Studios have made a deal to team on a live-action film based on the Platinum graphic novel “Killing Demons.”

Atmosphere’s Mark Canton and Platinum’s Scott Mitchell Rosenberg will produce.

The graphic novel starts as a kid sees his family slain by supernatural creatures. He grows into a revenge-hungry demon hunter who must reprioritize when he finds some of the humans in his world are worse than the spirits.

Published last year, the novel was written by Peter Siegel and illustrated by Brent White. A screenwriter will be hired shortly.

Project is the first collaboration between Canton and Rosenberg since “Men in Black” was made while Canton ran Columbia TriStar and Rosenberg sold the comic’s rights to the studio. Rosenberg, who published “Men in Black” under the Malibu Comics banner, sold that company to Marvel Comics and hatched Platinum, which has accumulated the largest independent library of comicbook characters in the biz.

Canton’s Atmosphere just wrapped production at Warner Bros. on “300,” an adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae.

He said his company is determined to create screen heroes from lesser-known comic origins.

“We believe you can find brand-able opportunities with good heroes, villains and audience-pleasing plots that lend themselves to CGI and special effects, and that you can make them for affordable prices,” he said.

Rosenberg said he and Canton will raise half the financing themselves, something Atmosphere does and Platinum Studios will do on another comic adaptation, “Witchblade,” with IDG Films and Relativity Media.

“This way, you can bring in the writer and get the screenplay you want, and have better control over your own destiny,” Rosenberg said.

Steve Barnett will exec produce and Aaron Severson and Jay Burns are co-producing.

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