Summit Entertainment to Adapt Sci-Fi Comic Book Series 'Area 52'
Everyone knows that the mysteries and conspiracies behind Area 51 have been exploited for film and television time and time again. Now it sounds like the new hotness is Area 52, a four-issue comic book series which Deadline reports has just been acquired for a feature film adaptation by Summit Entertainment. While the story still deals with extra-terrestrials, the titular base is located in Antarctica (the exact opposite of the desert location of Area 51) which acts as a government storage dump for otherworldly discoveries, manned by a ragtag group of misfits who have been exiled to the middle of nowhere to staff it.
The story takes off when an alien killing machine is accidentally hatched in this repository, the group must band together and use the stored mythological weapons and artifacts to save themselves and the world. Summit has merely acquired the screen rights to the comic book series from 2001, but no director or writers have been attached to the project yet. However, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian (who were behind Transformers: Dark of the Moon most recently) are producing the project, so this will likely be set up as a tentpole project sometime in the next couple years.