Far from unfamiliar with Hollywood adaptations, comic book author Steve Miles is known as the writer behind 30 Days of Night and Batman: Gotham County Line. His graphic novel, Aleister Arcane, was first considered for a screen adaptation in 2004, the same year it was published. Unfortunately, their ownership of the rights lapsed before Paramount could make anything of it, and the idea fell out of discussion. The comic retained its cult status in the years following, but wasn’t much built upon.
Now, though, Amblin Entertainment has bought the rights to the movie, and they’re taking big strides into finally bringing it to fruition.
The story follows LA weatherman Aleister Green who returns to his home town to take over hosting a midnight horror show. He doesn’t settle in quite as well as planned and is driven to an early grave by two local kids and a trial incited by their actions. Aching for justice, the town fast becomes plagued by his ghostly revenge.
Jon Croker, the writer behind The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, is said to be working on adapting the script, with a production team that includes David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Michael Aguilar.
In a move that is sure to bring out the grimmest aspects of the comic as explicitly as you could ever hope for, Eli Roth – of Cabin Fever and Hostel fame – is due to direct.
The titular character will be played by comedy legend Jim Carrey. While Carrey’s flexibility has been well displayed in his extensive filmgraphy, he is best known for his comedy. No doubt his energetic and exaggerated style will lend itself just as well to a horrifying maniacal ghost as any of his more light hearted characters.
The combination of both Roth and Carrey will certainly be interesting to see. As the list of names involved grows, the project has only got people familiar with the comic more and more excited to see it brought to life.