Mandeville to produce comicbook adaptation

Summit Entertainment, fresh off the success of “New Moon,” has come onboard a feature version of Top Cow’s comicbook “Alibi,” with Mandeville toppers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman producing.

Comicbook, published last year, centers on a well-known socialite whose public presence establishes a perfect alibi for the covert activity of his secret twin brother, a government assassin. Mandeville snapped up rights to the project shortly after Comic-Con (Daily Variety, Aug. 4).

Summit’s attached John Hlavin to pen the script. He was recently hired to write the fourth installment of “Underworld” for Screen Gems and is developing his Western screenplay “Gunslinger” at Warner Bros.

Hlavin’s also writing “Boston P.D.,” a cop procedural produced by Don Cheadle under his Crescendo banner, for NBC. He was previously was a writer and story editor on “The Shield.”

Mandeville VP David Manpearl is exec producing “Alibi.” Mandeville produced “The Proposal” and “Surrogates” for Disney and is in post on “The Fighter” for Par with Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams.

Top Cow CEO and founder Marc Silvestri is also exec producing along with Top Cow COO & President Matt Hawkins. The comic book “Alibi” was created by Hawkins and Michael Renegar, written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Jeremy Haun.

For Top Cow, the deal’s aimed at replicating the success of “Wanted.” That Angelina Jolie starrer, an adaptation of another Top Cow title, topped $340 million in worldwide grosses. Top Cow’s “Witchblade” title was the basis for a TNT series.

Hlavin’s repped by UTA and Benderspink. ICM reps Hawkins and packaged the deal with Mandeville.

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