Duo pair up to develop comicbook into feature
Mandeville Films and Top Cow Productions have placed a target on the comicbook “Crosshair” as a bigscreen adaptation.The Disney-based production shingle, run by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, will shepherd the film with Top Cow. The two paired up and brokered a deal to develop the pic as Comic-Con wrapped up in San Diego. Property was created by Marc Silvestri and penned by Jeff Katz. Silvestri and Allan Jefferson illustrated the books. “Crosshair” revolves around a former CIA assassin-turned-suburban superdad who must race against the clock to stop a program inside his brain from turning him into an unstoppable killing machine whose target is the U.S. president. “Crosshair is a unique premise in which the main character is both the hero and the villain,” Lieberman said. “This dichotomy is very unsettling, which makes it a fantastic twist for audiences.” Hoberman and Lieberman will produce. Katz, a former New Line and Fox exec who formed entertainment banner American Original last year, will co-produce for Top Cow. Mandeville’s David Manpearl, Silvestri and Top Cow President Matt Hawkins will executive produce. Mandeville already has a relationship with Top Cow, having worked together to adapt spy actioner “Alibi.” That deal was made at last year’s Comic-Con. Top Cow has been eager to adapt more of its books into movies after “Wanted” went on to earn $207 million at the worldwide box office. Mandeville is putting the finishing touches on boxing drama “The Fighter,” backed by Relativity Media, and is currently readying to revive the Muppets for another feature at Disney. It produced last year’s rom com hit “The Proposal” and sci-fier “Surrogates,” both for Disney, and will reunite Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in the action comedy “Most Wanted” at Universal. After its long-running “Monk” ended at USA, Mandeville now has the TV series “Detroit 1-8-7″ at ABC.