Comics ride Dark Horse to film

'Creepy,' 'Eerie' back in business

Film shingle and comicbook publisher Dark Horse announced it will bring back the classic properties “Creepy” and “Eerie.”

Dark Horse will publish both catalog material and new titles; it will mine the properties for film and TV development and control some merchandising rights.

Jim Warren’s horror-themed “Creepy” and sci-fi skewing “Eerie” were released between the late 1960s and early 1980s and hit their peak in the ’70s; they prefigured TV properties such as “Tales From the Crypt.”

Deal was made with film sales agent Submarine and producer Grand Canal Film Works, which this winter secured rights to the properties from Warren and created a shingle, New Comic Co., to develop them.

Dark Horse Entertainment, the film banner of the Oregon publisher, has produced “The Mask” and “Hellboy” and is behind upcoming Josh Hartnett starrer “30 Days of Night.”

Comics’ authors Bernie Wrightson, along with Steve Niles (“30 Days”), will be involved in new editions of the titles, execs said.