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Levine revs pic slate with pair of partners

Brigade hits ground running with Roadshow, C/W deals

Producer Barry Levine (“Detroit Rock City”) is launching his Brigade Entertainment with a development slate that includes productions with Village Roadshow Pictures and C/W Prods. as well as several projects that take flight from comics and graphic novels.

Brigade will team with Village Roadshow to produce “The Descent,” an adaptation of the adventure novel by Jeff Long that explores the premise of hell existing as a civilization in the center of the Earth.

Script in the works

Keith Domingue is penning the “Descent” script, which Matt Bierman, VR senior VP of production, and Brigade VP Ari Arad are developing.

Brigade is also slated to exec produce “The Winter Hill Gang” for the Paramount-based C/W. Camera Marc will produce this Irish mobster movie, which Marc Rocco (“Murder in the First”) will direct with Marc Frydman producing. ProSieben is slated to finance the pic.

Brigade will also reteam with “Detroit Rock City” producer Gene Simmons to develop a feature based on the Chaos comic book “Evil Ernie,” which details the adventures of a telepathic child whose incarceration in a mental institution leads him to become a zombie teen who can control the dead. Brian Pulido, president and publisher of Chaos, will exec produce.

Comic book-based

Also in the wings for Brigade is a film based on the Marvel comic book “Lunatik” to be written and directed by Adam Rifkin (“Detroit Rock City”) and produced with Marvel Studios’ CEO Avi Arad.

In addition, Brigade is developing at VR a feature from the Marvel comic “Damage Control,” to be produced by Levine and Neal Moritz (“I Know What You Did Last Summer”) from a script by Don Calume and Chris Conroy. Brigade and Ice Cube’s Cubevision will also team on a feature based on the Acclaim comic book and videogame “Shadowman,” which also will be penned by Domingue. Levine’s partners in Brigade are Tammy Fisher and Serge Leenders. The company is repped by CAA and attorney Phil Rosen.

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