The Darkness to Cast a Light on the Silver Screen
The name Jackie Estacado should be very familiar to fans of comic books and video games. For those of you not in the know, he's the star of the Top Cow comic book and video game series The Darkness. Think Goodfellas in Hell. The storyline was always rife with cinematic twists and turns, and now a movie version is on its way!
According to the L.A. Times, Mandeville Films, the Walt Disney-affiliated producers behind last year's Oscar contender The Fighter, has pacted with Darkness publisher Top Cow to develop a film based on the dark genre piece. A spokeswoman for Mandeville confirmed the deal.
The graphic novels center on a mobster named Jackie Estacado, who discovers he has inherited a murderous power known as "the darkness" that allows him to summon creatures from another realm. Estacado must then find a way to tame the power while vanquishing his enemies within the crime family in which he operates.
Co-created by Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri in 1996, The Darkness has yielded more than 115 books and sold 25 million copies around the world, according to the company. It's also spawned a popular video game with a sequel set to come out next year (yes, the release date has been bumped).
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