Intandem Films has taken on rights to action thriller Tatua and will raise and structure the financing of the $25m project.

The sci-fi action thriller is written by comic book veterans Rob Prior and Paul Jenkins. Todd Breau and Kari Hollend will produce.

Gary Smith, chief executive of Intandem Films, said: 'This is a project that fits our slate of films very well, a commercial product for which we will be negotiating a leading cast with top talent agents. It's also a very original idea which we are confident will stand up as a quality action film in the market place.'

The story follows a troubled man who avenges his lost love using tattoos inked in dragon's blood which give him special powers.

The Tatua project was presented at the 2007 Comic Con in San Diego.

Intandem already has a 5% equity stake and deal with graphic novel company Radical Comics.