Several comic book properties are reportedly headed to the big screen in the near future, with none other than Jim Carrey and acclaimed horror director Eli Roth optioning Steve Niles and Breehn Burns's Aleister Arcane for film, along with Star Trek producer Aron Coleite picking up the rights for the Kazu Kibuishi's Amulet, and a new home for the rights to Russell Myers' Broom-Hilda comic strip that includes plans for movies. Likewise, Luke Pearson's Hilda (not to be confused with Broom-Hilda) has been optioned for a Netflix animated series.
Carrey and Roth plan to adapt Aleister Arcane, which tells the story of a group of children who must thwart a curse placed on their town by an old man who was once their friend. This film's stated sstory diverges slightly from the comic book, in which Aleister Arcane is a TV host who curses a town after being forced off the air. According to Variety, they'll produce the feature through Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, with Carrey starring and Roth directing.
As for Amulet, Deadline reports that Coleite, who is a producer on CBS's upcoming new Star Trek show, will adapt Kazu Kibuishi's graphic novel series, published in America by Scholastic, through Will Smith's production company Overbrook Entertainment and 20th Century Fox. Amulet tells the story of a young girl who enters a magical world by donning her grandfather's talisman.
The rights to Russell Myers's Broom-Hilda, about a man-chasing witch, have been acquired by producers Gilbert Adler and Jason Rosenberg, who bought the rights from the Chicago Tribune Content Agency. According to Deadline, the pair plan to leverage the property in various media, including “a movie that might have a number 2 and number 3 behind it as well,” per Adler, who was the producer behind HBO’s adaptation of Tales From the Crypt, as well as Superman Returns.
Moving to the small screen, Luke Pearson has announced that Netflix will adapt his Hilda stories about a young female explorer to an animated series alongside Silvergate Media.
“I’m obviously very excited to be able to finally say this is happening. Alongside drawing a new book I’ve been working with Silvergate on this for a while now and can confirm that it’s in unbelievably good hands,” said Pearson in a statement. “An inordinate amount of love and attention to detail is going into this thing and I’m looking forward to sharing the result in a couple of years’ time.”
Hilda is scheduled for a 2018 release on Netflix.