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Waterman Ent. nabs ‘Morituri’

Alien-invasion series published by Marvel Comics in the '80s

Waterman Entertainment has acquired film rights to alien-invasion comicbook series “Strikeforce: Morituri” and plans to start production in December.

The series, created by writer Peter B. Gillis, was published between 1986 and 1989 by Marvel Comics. Gillis and Connor Cochran are writing the script, and Jeff Beard will be a producer on the film.

The story centers on aliens who strip Earth of all its resources and a scientist who discovers a method of giving humans superhuman powers — but the process results in the superheroes dying within a year after acquiring their powers.

The title comes from the Latin phrase “Morituri te salutamus” — “We who are about to die salute you!”

“The premise of ‘Strikeforce’ is one that hasn’t been explored in film before and we believe will resonate with today’s film and comicbook fans,” said exec VP Tucker Waterman. “In the spirit of Comic-Con and with the help of the distinguished Peter Gillis, we’re eager to bring this story to life.”

Steve Waterman, who founded Waterman Entertainment in 1999, co-produced “Casper” and exec produced the “Alvin” and “Stuart Little” films, setting up the projects at their respective studios.

“Strikeforce” is the first film that the Waterman brothers are developing at Waterman Entertainment.

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