David Hayter, the screenwriter of films such as X-Men, X2, and Watchmen, has been hired by Lakeshore Entertainment to write the script for the big screen adaptation of the graphic novel The Sword.
The comic was created by Jonathan and Joshua Luna, and it's a stylistic, action-packed tale of vengeance. It tells the story of a young paraplegic, Dara Brighton, "who leads an ordinary existence until her family is brutally murdered by a mysterious trio, possessed of god-like, supernatural abilities. Left for dead, Dara discovers an ancient sword belonging to her father, indicating that his past may have been much longer, and stranger, than she could have ever suspected. The sword not only restores her ability to walk, but it grants her a constantly evolving array of spectacular physical powers. With her new weapon in hand, and two faithful friends at her side, Dara Brighton embarks on a journey to hunt down and destroy her family’s assassins."
The graphic novel is divided into four different volumes, so the studio is hoping that this will be a big successful franchise. Production on the first installment of The Sword is scheduled to start in early 2014. Lakeshore Entertainment Chairman and CEO Tom Rosenberg had this to say in a statement,
"David has a proven track record of bringing the multifaceted, beloved characters of graphic novels to mainstream audiences and we’re excited that he’ll be joining us for 'The Sword,' Lakeshore has a history of delivering large-scale genre films at a budget that enables our international independent distributors to participate, and 'The Sword' will provide that opportunity.”
Hopefully this turns out to be an awesome big franchise for them. I've never read the graphic novel, but it sounds like it has the potential to be a great movie.