Senator seals ’30 Days’ deal

Niles to adapt supernatural comicbook

Senator Intl. on Monday cinched the rights to comicbook series “30 Days of Night” from scribe Steve Niles.

Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will produce the pic, with Joe Drake of Senator Intl. supervising its development for the financing and sales outfit.

Raimi told Daily Variety the project is “so unlike the horror films of recent years,” describing it as the story of a couple that loves each other and “happen to be the sheriffs of this little town.”

The ‘little town’ in question is Barrow, Alaska, a remote burg near the arctic circle that spends nearly a month in darkness. When it is overrun with vampires, the husband and wife law enforcement team must choose between saving themselves and helping the town band together and survive the onslaught until the sun returns.

Deal calls for Niles to adapt his three-book comic for the big screen, which he says will “be very liberating.

“Writing comicbooks is all about ‘freezing the moment.’ So just to see these people move around and talk will be refreshing,” he explained. “In the comicbook, I could only show one instance of their love for each other, because it would take about two pages [of story board]. Now, there’s so much more room to develop these characters.”

Raimi, who championed the project, will produce “30 Days of Night” alongside Tapert, but said he will not direct, citing an intense pre-production process on the sequel to Col’s “Spider-Man.”

Senator Intl. will fully finance and handle worldwide distribution rights. Mike Richardson — executive producer of pics such as “The Mask,” and “Timecop,” and producer of “Mystery Men” and “Hellboy” — brought Niles and the project to CAA; he will serve as executive producer. Nathan Kahane, Senator’s exec VP of motion pictures, will oversee the daily creative operations.

Niles is the current writer of the monthly comicbook “Hellspawn” and the new Image Comics series entitled “Fused!” He is also co-writer with Todd McFarlane on the upcoming “Spawn 2,” and is the author of the just-released novel “Savage Membrane,” also published by IDW, illustrations by artist Ashley Wood.

Raimi and Niles were both repped in the deal by CAA.

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