DreamWorks has scooped up the film rights to the Oni Press comic book series “The Damned” and “Courtney Crumrin,” for Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald to produce.
“Courtney Crumrin,” an ongoing series written and illustrated by Ted Naifeh, revolves around a misfit who moves with her social-climbing parents into her uncle’s spooky mansion. While her parents strive for status in their new, swanky neighborhood, the oddly charming girl finds magic in her uncle’s library.
The series consists of 12 comic books compiled into three graphic novels. A fourth novel, “Courtney Crumrin and the Fire-Thief’s Tale,” is set for publication on Aug. 15.
“The Damned,” a horror-noir series penned by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, is a gangster thriller with a supernatural twist. When a pack of demons arrive in their city, two rival gangs must join forces to defeat their new common enemy.
The comic book series, which first hit the stands last fall, has been compiled into a five-part graphic novel that’s set to hit the stands Friday.
Lisa Gitter, Steven V. Scavelli and Joe Nozemack will co-produce the two projects for DreamWorks, while Peter Schwerin will executive produce.