Comic book artist inked to develop sci-fi pic

Amblin Entertainment confirmed yesterday that it has inked a deal with comic book whizkid Rob Liefeld, who will develop a movie titled “Doom’s IV” for Steven Spielberg’s Universal-based entertainment company.

The 24-year-old Liefeld’s Extreme Studios inked the deal with Amblin, following discussions last week among Liefeld, Spielberg and company production executive Jason Hoffs.

In the final stages of development, “Doom’s IV” is described by Liefeld as a science-fiction, super-hero adventure centered on genetic engineering and the potential collapse of the ecology. Liefeld will also produce the pic.

Liefeld said he may supply visuals and character breakdowns for the movie, as well as possible storyboards. Amblin has yet to assign a screenwriter to the project.

Liefeld’s Image Comics will produce a comic based on the “Doom’s IV” premise. It will debut at least one year prior to movie production, hitting the newsstands in the late spring or summer of this year. Liefeld said Spielberg is considering writing the debut issue of the coming “Doom’s IV” series.

This is the first movie project in which Liefeld will be involved. His Image Entertainment publishing company is perhaps best known for its comic book series “Youngblood,” about post-modern mutant super-heroes who include hair stylists, make-up artists and publicists in their entourage.

Originally a Marvel Comics artist, Liefeld created more than 24 characters for its “X-Force” series, which has logged sales of more than 3.5 million and spawned a toy line. He left Marvel in 1991.

Liefeld was represented by Creative Artists Agency’s Jon Levin, manager Robert Stein and attorneys Jake Bloom and Deborah Klein in negotiations.