Summit Entertainment has gotten a hold of the screen rights to the sci-fi comic book mini-series Area 52, and they've hired Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to develop the project for the big screen along side producer Mark Vahradian.
The four-issue comic book series was created by Brian Haberlin, and published in 2011. The story focuses on a "top secret warehouse in Antarctica called Area 52, a government storage dump for otherworldly discoveries, manned by a ragtag group of misfits who have been exiled to the middle of nowhere to staff it. When an alien killing machine is accidentally hatched in this repository, the group must band together and use the stored mythological weapons and artifacts to save themselves and the world."
See, because Area 51 already was taken so now every new secret facility that the government sets up just goes up in number. The studio will start looking to bring on screenwriters to adapt the the comic into a script soon. This could be a really fun fun, it sounds cool. I've never read this comic series, but if you have tell us your thoughts and if you think it will make for a good movie or not. Hopefull the get a good director and a solid cast.
Here's a more detailed rundown of the comic:
Imagine the warehouse from the end of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, the place where the government stashes all of its other-worldly discoveries, from Excalibur to Alien ships. They are all to be found at Area 52. Think of it as Area 51's high-tech, remote, attic. When the government has sufficiently probed, poked, prodded and catalogued it goes here to gather dust... forgotten to the world... That is until something goes horribly wrong. Now it's fight or die-okay, maybe just hide at first--or maybe just die......That is until the base staff realize what they have been guarding in this remote high-tech warehouse wasn't just spare parts. AREA 52 is a fight for survival between an invincible alien killing machine and some poor shmucks... who just happened to be armed to the teeth with the most powerful, strange, and dangerous devices in human history!!! But the only problem for our people is... armed with what? What is it? What does it do? And where is the trigger? And how? Don't point that at me! How do we use this F&*%$# thing!?! ...BEFORE WE ALL DIE??? This comic is a balls to the walls romp! Harkening back to the days when comics were action packed and fun... er, except for the first issue... sorry... had to set up that pesky character stuff! But the rest are slam bang... promise!Stylistically, think of AREA 52 as the love child of the best of Stan Lee and Warren Ellis.
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