'Boardwalk' producers get rights to graphic novel series for live-action feature
“Boardwalk Empire” and “Entourage” producers Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson have picked up the graphic novel series “The Amory Wars,” from Claudio Sanchez and Evil Ink Comics, to develop into a live action feature.The sci-fi saga, published by Boom! Studios, an epic fantasy set in a futuristic alternate universe. The series chronicles the rise of superhuman dictator Wilhelm Ryan, and the one family that could hold the key to liberating the world from his tyrannical reign. Announcement was made at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday morning. Sanchez is the lead singer of progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria. He originally created “The Amory Wars” story to serve as inspiration for the group’s albums. He later expanded the mythology to other mediums, including comicbooks and graphic novels. Idea was turned into the novel, “Year of the Black Rainbow,” penned by Peter David (“The Incredible Hulk,” “Aquaman”), which told the origin story of the series, and was released with the band’s album of the same name in 2010. Coheed and Cambria are set to release a new studio album this fall. Their North American tour with Iron Maiden begins July 24th. The “Amory Wars” project was brought into Leverage by Michael Garnett and Dave Ganin. Levinson also produced the actioner “Contraband,” with Wahlberg. Coheed and Cambria is managed by Blaze James (Velvet Hammer), who serves as a principal of Evil Ink Comics along with Chondra Echert. Leverage is repped by WME.