Producer David Kirschner has made a deal with Universal Press Syndicate to turn the macabre comic strip "Lio" into a live-action feature, according to Variety.

Kirschner, whose credits include the American Tail franchise, Curious George and the Chucky horror pics, will produce the movie with Corey Sienega, his partner in such films as Miss Potter, Frailty and the upcoming John Cusack starrer Martian Child for New Line.

Created by Mark Tatulli, the strip launched in 2006 and has been a fast-riser for the syndicate. It revolves around an odd, spiky-haired kid with a coterie of creepy friends, including a giant squid and the grim reaper.