Mandeville Films partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman announced today that the company has joined forces with Top Cow Productions to adapt Top Cow’s comic book Crosshair.
The parties closed the deal last weekend at Comic-Con in San Diego, marking their second collaboration following a deal at last year’s convention to adapt the comic book Alibi.
Marc Silvestri created, Jeff Katz wrote and Silvestri and Allan Jefferson illustrated Crosshair, about a former CIA assassin turned suburban father who discovers he has been programmed to kill the President in 48 hours.
Hoberman and Lieberman will produce and their colleague David Manpearl will handle executive producer duties with Silvestri and Top Cow president Matt Hawkins.
“When Top Cow showed us this story, we jumped at the chance to work on this project with them,” Hoberman said. “Our companies are similarly aligned with the goal of delivering one-of-a-kind stories.”
“Crosshairis a unique premise in which the main character is both the hero and the villain,” Lieberman said. “This dichotomy is very unsettling, which makes it a fantastic twist for audiences.”
“After working with the Mandeville guys on Alibi, we knew Crosshair could not be in better hands,” Hawkins said. “When they said they wanted to turn the property into film, Marc Silvestri and I were incredibly excited.”
Universal released the hit adaptation Wanted in 2008 based on the Top Cow property. Mandeville is developing the Muppets feature at Disney and its releases include the smash romantic comedy The Proposal, as well as the upcoming drama The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.