Platinum Studios Developing 'The Weapon' Comic Book Adaptation
Another day, another comic book movie. Platinum Studios, the publisher of Cowboys & Aliens, is gearing up for another adaptation. Platinum's CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg announced today (via ComingSoon) that he will produce an adaptation of The Weapon, created by Rosenberg. No studios were named yet, which means Platinum is probably developing it on their own, until it gets to a stage where they need financiers and the cast. "We believe The Weapon will be an attractive project for both international film financers and Hollywood producers," says Rosenberg. "This property is one of those with enormous franchise potential."
Rosenberg's The Weapon, written by NY Times bestselling author Fred Van Lentem, focuses on martial arts enthusiast Tommy Zhou. Here's the basic description from the Platinum Studios website for the comic:
Tommy Zhou has built a device that can create objects from pure energy. He’s made up a PR story about being raised by a secret order that taught him to form weapons from his own internal energy, and calls himself The Weapon. Not believing the legends his grandfather told him as a child, Tommy's inventions unsuspectingly make him the target of a millennia-old assassin cult that's convinced he's unlocked the ancient mystical techniques of the Order of Wu-Shi - 'The Way of the Weapon.'
This actually sounds pretty damn cool, and there's some impressive artwork to go along with it (you can see a few panels on their website). While on the surface this sounds like a mix between Green Lantern and Iron Fist, I'm intrigued to see how they shape this project to be a feature film, and who they cast and set to direct, as those are the factors that will ultimately shape how this turns out. I'm certain that Platinum knows how much crap they went through dealing with Cowboys & Aliens at Universal (and how awful it turned out), which is likely why Rosenberg himself is developing/producing for now. For more, visit the comic book's webpage and stay tuned for any updates on this adaptation as they arrive. Think it has any potential?