WB nabs rights to Mel Gibson film

Martin Campbell to direct thriller 'Darkness'

The question “What studio wants to get back into the Mel Gibson business?” has been answered.

Warner Bros. has acquired North American rights to the thriller “Edge of Darkness,” directed by Martin Campbell and starring Gibson, from production company GK Films.

The film, based on the BBC miniseries of the same name, is centered on a veteran homicide detective for the Boston Police Dept. whose only child is murdered on the steps of his home.

Graham King (“The Departed”) and Michael Wearing (producer of the miniseries) produced.

“Darkness,” shot on location in Boston and elsewhere in Massachusetts, completed lensing in November and is in post-production.

William Monahan (“The Departed”) and Andrew Bovell (“Lantana”) penned the screenplay from an original story by Troy Kennedy Martin. Gail Lyon, E. Bennett Walsh, Tim Headington, Dan Rissner, Suzanne Warren and David Thompson exec produced.

“Darkness” also stars Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic and Shawn Roberts.

SAG granted a strike waiver last year to “Darkness,” under which the producers agreed to adhere to terms of the deal the guild negotiates with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers.

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