Graphic novel 'Manifestations' set for feature adaptation

Top Cow and Content House are turning to the supernatural with “Manifestations,” teaming on a feature version of Raffaele Ienco’s graphic novel.

Story centers on a woman tormented by the ghost of her sadistic husband only to discover that he has been brought back to life by her psychically gifted daughter, a 10-year-old who can move spirits from dark places to the land of the living. Ienco created, wrote and drew the entire graphic novel himself with a film in mind.

“Manifestations” will be co-produced by Top Cow and Content House. Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins will be producing for Top Cow; Josh Morris and Mark Saffian will produce for Content House.

“With ‘Manifestations,’ Raffaele tells a dark tale but it unravels in an inspiring, hopeful way,” Hawkins said.

For Top Cow, the deal is aimed at replicating the success of “Wanted,” a Top Cow title that topped $340 million in worldwide grosses. Top Cow’s comics “Alibi” and “Crosshair” are in development with Summit.

Content House launched feature development earlier this year on a pair of Ienco titles: the comicbook series “Epic Kill” and the graphic novel “Devoid of Life.” It’s also working on an adaptation of the Dan Simmons novel “The Crook Factory” with Johnny Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil.

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