Izzard in the lab for 'Igor'

Replaces Piven; comics on the way

There's a lot of action in and around the Weinstein Co.'s CG-animated monster movie "Igor." Eddie Izzard has replaced Jeremy Piven as the insane Schadenfreude, and producer Exodus Film Group has inked a deal for a series of comic books based on the film with IDW Publishing.

Izzard will play the nemesis to Igor, a hunch-backed lab assistant in a world of evil scientists who plots to win the annual Evil Science Fair. A rep for Piven did not return calls by press time to explain his departure, but the switch is all in the family: Both actors are repped by CAA.

IDW will create serial comic adaptations of the film's story, plus prequels and sequels, followed by a full-color paperback collection of each miniseries. The publisher already has translated such hot properties as Hasbro's "Transformers," Fox's "24" and CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" to the comic pages.

The prequel series is tentatively set for May or June, followed by the film and sequel series, so the three collected sets can be published in book form in time for the film's October 2008 release.

Izzard is repped by CAA, manager Jeff Golenberg at the Collective and attorney Kevin Morris at Barnes Morris Klein Mark Yorn Barnes & Levine.
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