The Oni Press graphic novel The Damned has been picked up by DreamWorks and has signed David DiGilio to adapt. Described as horror-noir, “Damned” follows a Los Angeles detective who discovers that a new gang with ties to the supernatural has infiltrated the city. This is the second Oni Press title DreamWorks has picked up in the last couple of weeks – we previously reported on The Return of King Doug being adapted for the silver screen. via Variety
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Ben Stiller has signed to produce The Return of King Doug, an adaptation of the title from Oni Press. Written by Greg Erb and Jason Oremland, “King” centers on a man who must return to the fantasy world which he abandoned 30 years earlier. Erb and Oremland will also write the screenplay. At this time Stiller is only signed to producer, but he may also take up the title role of Doug. Two other Oni Press titles; “Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things” and “The Damned”, were also picked up by Dreamworks Studios. via Hollywood Reporter
Word out of San Diego last night was the Oni Press titles Courtney Crumrin and The Damned have both been acquired by Dreamworks Pictures to be turned into movies. Lisa Gitter, Steven V. Scavelli and Joe Nozemack will co-produce the two projects for DreamWorks, while Peter Schwerin will exec produce. Alisa Tager brought in the projects to shingle Parkes/MacDonald, which is based at DreamWorks.