Canton reveals ‘Secrets’

Comic book series optioned by Warner

Marc Canton has secrets.

With the teen horror movie genre continuing its box-office renaissance, Warners last week optioned comic book series “House of Secrets” for the Canton Co. and hired one of the comic’s co-creators — a newcomer on the Hollywood writing scene — to script the haunted house frightfilm. Deal is in the low six against mid-six figures, according to sources.

It will be the first feature-writing gig for successful comic book scribe Steven Seagle, whose “House of Secrets” series, created with artist Teddy Kristiansen, has been running for 16 issues under the DC Comics/Vertigo imprint.

Pic, described as a classic haunted house story fused with a courtroom drama, follows an 18-year-old runaway girl who seeks refuge in an uninhabited house. In fact, the place is haunted by a ghostly jury of spirits who put people on trial for their deepest and darkest secrets. In judgment, the phantom tribunal sends defendants — other unlucky teens — to the attic for absolution or condemns them to the basement to suffer with the secret.

Marc Canton and Fonda Snyder, of Storyopolis, will produce. Canton exec John Goldstone brought in the project. WB execs Courtenay Valenti and Channing Dungey handled the studio’s involvement.

Sources said the film will require some visual effects, but that producers will nevertheless stick to the traditionally low budgets that have proved successful for the teen-slasher movies.

Seagle’s deal comes just weeks after landing a deal at Fox to write a one-hour television pilot set in the world of carnivals for Spelling Entertainment.

Seagle is also a head writer on “Uncanny X-Men,” published by Marvel Comics. He is repped by Emile Gladstone and Chris Silberman at percentery Broder, Kurland, Webb, Uffner.

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