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Mark Hamill to helm ‘Black Pearl’

Adaptation first for Berkeley Square

Mark Hamill is directing a bigscreen adaptation of his comicbook miniseries “The Black Pearl” through new production and finance outfit Berkeley Square Films.

Project was originally penned for the big screen 14 years ago but then turned into a comicbook. The $7 million live-action pic is adapted by Hamill and “The Fighter’s” Paul Tamasy and writing partner Eric Johnson. Hamill said the comic, which was published by Dark Horse Comics in 1996 and penned by Hamill and Johnson, is a “dark, edgy thriller” that the company hopes will receive an R rating.

Hamill admits he’s been “obsessed with comicbooks” his entire life — his directorial debut was docu “Comic Book: The Movie” and he has provided voiceovers for comic-based programs, including the Joker in “Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker.”

“We started getting interest from some pretty big producers a while ago,” said Hamill of the “Pearl” material. “But then it started to take on a life of its own where it became this huge megabudget comicbook movie. This was the exact opposite of what we wanted to do.”

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