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Comic by 'Communion' Author Whitley Strieber Headed to Big Screen (Exclusive)

'The Nye Incidents' will be helmed by director Todd Lincoln.

Whitley Streiber
Whitley Streiber

The Nye Incidents, a comic co-created by Communion author Whitley Strieber, is heading to the big screen.

Director Todd Lincoln, producer Daniel Alter and RKO are teaming up to adapt Nye, a Devils Due comic written by Strieber and Craig Spector and set in the world of alien abductees. It’s a world well-known to Strieber, the author of horror novels The Hunger and The Wolfen who then wrote about his own experience being abducted by extra-terrestrials in Communion.

Nye centers on a seen-it-all and logical medical examiner whose faith in the rational is shattered when she runs afoul a brutal murder of a supposed alien abductee. The case puts her on the path chasing a serial killer working in the alien abductee community who may or may not be human.

The goal is to make, in a way, an anti-alien invasion movie, something that doesn’t veer into conspiracy/X-Files territory yet remains spooky and terrifying.

Strieber will be involved in the development of the film, acting as consultant and providing documents and case files on what he purports are true events.

Lincoln is attached to direct Nye and will produce with Alter (Hitman). The two first teamed up when they set up another Devil’s Due property, Hack/Slash, at Rogue Pictures. They were developing Nye but put the project on hold to make The Apparition for Dark Castle/Warner Bros. Lincoln wrote and directed the supernatural thriller, which stars Ashley Green and Sebastian Stan, while Alter exec produced.

RKO will hire a writer to work with Lincoln. Director of development Jon Reiman brought the project into RKO and the company’s Vanessa Coifman and Kevin Cornish and will oversee.

Lincoln, repped by CAA, Caliber Media and attorney Bob Wallerstein, just became attached to direct Twittering from the Circus of the Dead, Mandalay’s adaptation of a Joe Hill story.