Columbia Pictures boards ‘Ark’

Studio teams with Mortiz to adapt comic

Columbia Pictures has paired with Original Films’ Neal Moritz to bring “The Ark” to the bigscreen.

Tale marrying the story of Noah’s Ark with a UFO crash first appeared in the anthology series “Dark Horse Presents,” the comicbook that launched Frank Miller’s “Sin City.”

Mark Verheiden, creator of the Dark Horse story upon which it will be based, has been tapped to adapt it for the bigscreen. Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson will produce with Moritz, whose shingle is based at Col.  

Verheiden previously teamed with Richardson in the creation of Dark Horse comicbook “Timecop” and later adapted it into a film and TV skein. He has written for skeins such as “Battlestar Galactica” and “Smallville” and has a story credit for “The Mask,” which Richardson also exec produced.

Moritz is developing a bigscreen adaptation of “The Green Hornet” comicbook for the studio. Other projects include “Vantage Point,” “Evan Almighty,” “I Am Legend” and “Maid of Honor.”

Richardson, publisher of Dark Horse Comics and prexy of Dark Horse Entertainment, is producer of the upcoming “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army” and exec producer of “30 Days of Night” for the studio.

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