Mike Dougherty Adapting Viper Comics' Dead@17
At this point in time, the rights to almost every comic book on the market have probably been snatched up, so even if it's an indie comic, it will eventually head to the big screen. The latest indie comic in development is Dead@17, a Viper Comics series written by Josh Howard. The news on this adaptation comes from an interview with Howard at Comics on Comics (via SlashFilm), where he says that Paramount producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is developing, X-Men 2 and Trick 'r Treat screenwriter Mike Dougherty is writing, and least exciting, High School Musical actress Vanessa Hudgens is being pursued for the lead.
If you couldn't already tell from the headline, the bit that we're interested in the most is about Dougherty. He's been Bryan Singer's go-to guy for a while, with writing credits on X-Men 2 and Superman Returns, and he blew me away with his directorial debut called Trick 'r Treat, which has yet to actually see the light of day. He's a very talented screenwriter and just needs to be given more opportunities in order to really shine. While I can only speak from what I know about (and have seen in) the films he's worked on, and not his actual scripts, he seems to have a style that would work perfectly for this comics adaptation.
Dead@17 is about the a girl named Nara Kilday who is killed and then mysteriously reborn to fight demons. She discovers that she has to prevent the coming of Bolabogg, a demonic lord. This series also introduces Hazy Foss, her best friend, and Elijah, who Nara has a crush on. The three fight hordes of undead and other monstrosities and attempt to banish Bolabogg back to his realm. To be honest, this is the first time I've even heard of the series, but I think it could be turned into a very entertaining film, especially in the hands of Mike Dougherty, who has plenty of experience with both comic books and the undead.