Layton, Michelinie eye ‘Shambler’ adaptation

Duo work on bigscreen version of comic

Writers Bob Layton and David Michelinie are working on “Shambler,” a bigscreen adaptation of their comicbook.

Touted as an action-horror-comedy, “Shambler” centers on a scientist who creates a serum that reanimates dead tissue. He’s murdered but reanimated by associates as a mummy encased in black-and-yellow crime scene tape.

Pic, budgeted at $4 million, is being touted at Cannes by Anne Marie Gillen, whose Hollywood lineage includes exec producing “Fried Green Tomatoes” and co-writing Variety’s “The Producer’s Business Handbook.”

Layton and Michelinie are authors of many of the “Iron Man” comic book stories and created characters, including Rhodey Rhodes and Justin Hammer (played by Don

Cheadle and Sam Rockwell, respectively in “Iron Man 2”).

“They have a huge following so this idea is really franchisable and really fun,” Gillen told Variety. “We’re planning to deliver the finished film next year at Cannes.”

Gillen is producing for financier Odyssey Pictures Corp. with Maury Rogow and Ralph Boral. Odyssey’s John Foster, Layton and Michelinie are exec producing and the screenplay has been penned by Steve Barr, Layton and Michelinie.

Gillen and Foster are out to directors. Gillen’s resume includes serving as an exec at Hemdale, Morgan Freeman’s Revelations and Entertainment Business Group.

Odyssey Pictures is in production on “Hank the Cowdog,” its animation feature about a smart-aleck canine who heads security on a Texas ranch.

More Biz

  • Amazon

    Amazon Blows Past Q1 Earnings Estimates With Record Profit of $3.6 Billion

    Amazon.com handily beat Wall Street estimates for profit for the first quarter of 2019 — reporting $3.6 billion net income, an all-time quarterly record for the ecommerce behemoth. Sales increased 17% to $59.7 billion in Q1, with net profit more than doubling in the first quarter to deliver earnings of $7.09 per diluted share. Analyst [...]

  • CBS Viacom

    CBS and Viacom Move Closer to Merger Talks

    The CBS Corp. board of directors is moving closer to initiating acquisition discussions with Viacom, according to multiple sources close to the situation. The move has been expected for months, although there may still be obstacles on the road to a reunion for the two sides of the Redstone media empire. Price could still be [...]

  • Ken Basin Liz Miller

    Paramount TV Ups Ken Basin to Head Business Affairs, Hires Liz Miller as Production SVP

    Paramount Television announced that Ken Basin has been elevated to head of business affairs for the division, and Liz Miller has been hired as senior vice president of production. David Goldman, the previous head of business affairs, has left the company to pursue other opportunities. Basin will report to Nicole Clemens, the president of Paramount [...]

  • eOne Names Bill Wilson Senior VP

    eOne Names Bill Wilson Senior VP

    Entertainment One (“eOne”) has tapped Bill Wilson as Senior Vice President Digital Operations and Innovation, Music, the company announced today. Wilson will oversee all aspects of digital strategy across the company’s music business, including label service, talent management, music publishing and live entertainment, according to the announcement.  Wilson will be based in New York City and [...]

  • Santa Fe Studios Netflix

    Santa Fe Studios Competes With Other New Mexico Stages for Streaming Business

    Albuquerque Studios entered the spotlight last October when it was purchased by Netflix. While the complex is clearly the jewel in the crown of New Mexico’s production infrastructure, with eight soundstages totaling 132,000 square feet, 100,000 square feet of production offices, a large backlot and support space, it’s not the only modern studio facility in [...]

  • Universal Music Hires JJ Corsini and

    JJ Corsini and Chris Hovsepian Join Universal Music in Global Artist Development Roles

    Universal Music Group today announced that JJ Corsini and Chris Hovsepian (pictured above, right and left, respectively) each have been named Senior Vice President, Artist Development, effective Wed., May 1. They join from Apple Music, where they served as key members of the company’s Global Artist Relations team since the launch of the streaming service. [...]

  • Kevin Mayer Disney chief strategy officer

    Disney to Put Emphasis on Asia Growth, Direct to Consumer

    The newly expanded Walt Disney is to place particular emphasis on Asia as it rationalizes its recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox and as it prepares to expand its direct-to-consumer (D2C) businesses. “Asia Pacific is one of the growth drivers [of the new Disney]. Asia is super important to us,” said Kevin Mayer, chairman of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content