According to Variety, production-management company Circle of Confusion and video game development company Backbone Entertainment are developing film and comic book versions of Death, Jr., a Backbone property being developed as a video game for Sony’s forthcoming PSP (a portable version of PlayStation 2).
The film will be a directing vehicle for Larry Guterman (The Son of the Mask), who will also produce it through his Orange Grove Entertainment production company.
Death, Jr. is about a teenage kid who just wants to be normal but finds this hard because he’s the offspring of the Grim Reaper. Death, Jr.’s middle-school buddies include Pandora, who is afflicted by the constant need to open boxes, and Stigmartha, whose hands bleed when she gets nervous.
Both the comic book and film will be based on the game due out early next year, when Sony’s PSP hits the market.