Top Cow Productions CEO and producer Marc Silvestri recently offered updates on their upcoming comic book adaptations The Darkness and Think Tank, which are in various stages of development.
"We're partnered with Len Wiseman on The Darkness film. It's over at New Regency, which is on the Fox lot. We've gotten one draft of the script and we're working on that right now. It's going to happen. Witchblade is in The Darkness film. Originally she was going to be in there as an easter egg for the fans, who would know: hey, that's Sara Pezzini, that's the Witchblade.' The more we went along with the story, and the great thing is, the studio supports this.
Len loves this, which is great because Len loves The Darkness, and that's what you want on your team. He knows more about The Darkness than I do. He'll say, oh, remember when this happened in this issue, and I'll go, ooooh, why yes, I do. He's awesome, his enthusiasm is awesome. Obviously, he's this talented director, so we're really excited to have him In there. As we were going along, it just made more and more sense storywise to have Witchblade in there.
I'm not going to spoil too much more, but it makes perfect sense. First we were kind of worried, how do you, two origins, but it started to come together. It started to make more and more sense. We're excited about that, that's a big project that we're working on right now."
Witchblade was previously adapted as a TNT TV series in 2001, which was created by Marc Silvestri. The character also appeared in The Darkness comic book series, which follows mafia hitman Jackie Estacado, who is given supernatural powers that access to an otherworldly dimension and control of powerful demons.
He also teased that an adaptation of Top Cow's Think Tank, created by Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal, is in the works, while teasing more about The Darkness.
"We have TV things that are going on, other movie projects going on. Think Tank, we're developing that as a feature film. Today it's all about making things happen in comics, and then working for the extra gravy that could be in other media. But our first love is comics, and I'll always tell people that I dip my toes in all forms of entertainment, from gaming to TV and film, and there is nothing that is more satisfying politically and more directly, without any filters between the creator and the end product, than comic books. We'll always be a comic book publisher, we'll always make comic books, and if we do something over and above that, you know the media games, whatever, great. You'll never see anything from us in other media that we would be embarrassed about, there's just no point. People have been coming to us for fifteen years to make The Darkness movie and we've always said no, until now, because it's the first time it's made sense. It's the first time our partners understand what The Darkness is, and with every property we do, if you don't see it, it's not because people weren't trying to make it, it's because we didn't want them to make it. Why shoot ourselves in the foot, why shoot our franchises in the foot. What's the point, we're not helping ourselves, we're not helping you guys, and we just won't do it. Right now things are looking really strong for The Darkness, we really have good direction. We love the games, obviously, and hopefully we can get another one out there. There's always just great stuff happening, and it all starts with comics. We start there, and if we feel good about going further, we have the right partners, we're all over that too."