Mandeville options for ‘Cla$$War’

Lieberman, Hoberman to produce comicbook pic

Mandeville Films has optioned the comicbook “Cla$$War” from publisher Com.x for Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman to produce.

Penned by Rob Williams, with art by Trevor Hairsine and Travel Foreman, the books are described as a political thriller that revolves around a super-soldier known as “the American,” who discovers the sinister truth of the government program that created him and is forced to take on the rest of his super-powered team.

MTV News’s Splash Page first reported the deal on Friday.

“Cla$$War” was published by Com.x from 2002-04.

Rick Alexander of Alexander Content will co-produce the pic, for which a writer has not yet been hired.

Deal follows Mandeville’s recent pickup of Top Cow’s comicbook “Alibi” (Daily Variety, Aug. 3).

Mandeville’s “Surrogates,” also based on a graphic novel, bowed on Sept. 29, through Disney’s Touchstone banner. The shingle’s shooting “The Fighter,” with David O. Russell directing Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with a production company that has a solid grasp of the comicbook market,” Eddie Deighton and Benjamin Shahrabani said in a statement. “This is such an important title for us that we wanted to ensure it’s treated with the sensitivity the material and its fans deserve.”

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