In the glow of the success of New Moon, independent film studio Summit Entertainment is ratcheting up its development slate with two projects that couldn't be further from vampire-romance territory.
The company is developing a feature version of the Top Cow comic book Alibi, tapping John Hlavin to write the adaptation, to be produced by Mandeville's David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. It also is teaming with Participant Pictures in acquiring the Ben Magid alien-attack spec script Invasion, which would see Strike Entertainment pair with horror filmmaker Eli Roth to produce.
Both deals are in the early stages. The Alibi producers' deals are in negotiations, and Participant is leading the deal for the Invasion producers.
Alibi, published last year, centers on a well-known socialite whose public presence establishes a perfect cover for the covert activity of his secret twin brother, a government assassin. The comic was created by Top Cow president and COO Matt Hawkins and Michael Renegar, written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Jeremy Haun.
Hlavin was a writer and story editor on FX's The Shield. He recently was hired to write the fourth installment in the Underworld franchise.
Postapocalyptic in tone, Invasion follows the survivors of a subway accident in Los Angeles who emerge to find a city in ruins and are forced to deal with mobs and a dangerous slime.
Magid worked on the long-gestating Rogue horror project Hack/Slash.
Despite having made its mark with Twilight, Summit has always looked outside the vampire and romance genres when stacking its slate, which has included such movies as Knowing and Push. The company is in preproduction on the comic-book adaptation Red, which features Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren, even as it considers whether to adapt the fourth Twilight book into one or two movies.