Vigilante launching with ‘Black Summer’

Pearson to write comicbook adaptation for co.

Newly minted banner Vigilante Entertainment is launching operations by developing Warren Ellis’ comicbook series “Black Summer” with Ryne Pearson (“Knowing”) tapped to adapt.

“Summer,” published by Avatar Press in 2007, centers on superhero team the Seven Guns, a group of scientist-adventurers who modified their own bodies for street-fighting in order to take back their West Coast city from a corrupt police force, criminal local government and rapacious private security forces.

Ellis also penned the graphic novel “Red,” with Summit in pre-production on an adaptation; Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman are attached.

Vigilante is headed by Hicham Benkirane, former head of audiovisual development at French comicbook publisher Les Humanoides Associes. Benkirane will retain control over a handful of Humanoids properties that he developed during his tenure, including crime thriller “Miss: Better Living Through Crime,” supernatural fantasy tale “The Book of Jack” and “Fragile,” a post-apocalyptic zombie love story.

Benkirane has also raised capital to option material from other publishers and has recruited Ersin Pertan, formerly with Michael De Luca Prods., to lead the search. WME’s also working with Vigilante in packaging new material.

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