Kyle Ward Set to Adapt Steve Niles' Comic Criminal Macabre

August 14, 2009

Criminal Macabre

Yet another comic book adaptation in the works. Universal Pictures has acquired Criminal Macabre, the Dark Horse Entertainment comic book mini-series created by 30 Days of Night author Steve Niles. The studio has hired Kyle Ward (3 Rounds, Fiasco Heights, upcoming Kane & Lynch) to write the screenplay based of the comic. The story centers around a supernatural detective who doubles as hitman, taking out all the vampires, ghosts and other unsavory monsters who live among humans, hiding in the shadows by day and emerging at night. This is probably a great comic, but I'm just getting tired of these monster stories.

Dark Horse's Mike Richardson will produce along with Neal Moritz (I Am Legend, Fast & Furious) and his Original Film banner. Ward is an up-and-coming writer who has not only written scripts like Kane & Lynch for Lionsgate, but was recently hired to write the Hitman sequel and the Uncharted video game adaptation. You can get more details on the comics over at if you're interested in them. They look pretty damn cool, I'm just tired of every last comic or novel involving monsters vampires being adapted. Of course, I'll be waiting to see who will be directing this and who joins the cast before I say more, but still.

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  • DoomCanoe
    hire Thomas Jane he looks just like the guy in that drawing
  • MajesticXIII
    The Cal McDonald stories are exceptional. This character is like Constantine's distant cousin but with a twist. Steve Nile's writing is simply superb, gritty, uncompromising and adult orientated. Niles doesn't want a geared down adaptation of his stories. That's why it has taken too long for him to find a suitable studio that will finance this project. And now that he's found one you bet Thomas Jane will have the leading role. Niles and Jane are in this together all the way! One of the best comic book series!! Plain as that.
  • Dan W
    I agree Alex. The concept of this story has been done way too many times in many different mediums. BORING
  • Fubar
    Yea #1 i agree with ya on that one LOL. Also, hire the old guy that turned to dust at the end of "Indiana Jones and the Search for the Holy Grail" becasue the guy to his left on the poster could pull that look off hands down lol.
  • Al
    Niles and his work are magnificent
  • STFU
    "Booooo-hooooo! We don't know shit about anything, we only run websites and comment on them." Pick up one of Niles' Cal books someday before you pass judgment. There's ones with lil' pictures for most of you and ones without for the bigger boys. Vampires are by FAR the only thing Cal runs up against! Just to make your own shitty point Alex you have to strike the word MONSTERS and insert your own whiny bitch preconceived notions.
  • David Banner
    Thomas Jane would be a good choice
  • MuseDawg
    Cal McDonald is actually based on Thomas Jane so he would be a perfect choice.




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