Lakeshore grabs ‘Sword’

Company aims to replicate 'Underworld' success

Lakeshore Entertainment has acquired movie rights to Jonathan and Joshua Luna’s four-volume graphic novel “The Sword.”

Lakeshore said the deal represents a move to follow up the success of its “Underworld” franchise. The company plans to begin lensing on the first movie later this year.

Lakeshore toppers Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will produce.

The story follows a young paraplegic who escapes after her family is brutally murdered by a mysterious trio. She then discovers a sword that restores her ability to walk, grants her physical powers and begins a journey of retribution.

The first of the graphic novels was titled “The Sword: Fire,” followed by “Earth,” “Water” and “Air.”

The four “Underworld” titles have grossed about $450 million in worldwide box office, including $160 million for last year’s “Underworld: Awakening.”

Lakeshore’s upcoming “I, Frankenstein,” starring Aaron Eckhart, will be released domestically by Lionsgate on Sept. 13. Lakeshore is in production on the comedy “Walk of Shame,” starring Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden.

CAA reps the rights to “The Sword” and the Luna brothers.

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