'Waverly' star joins 'Weapon' adaptation

Developing feature based on comic book series

David Henrie of the Disney Channel series "Wizards of Waverly Place" will pair with Platinum Studios to develop its comic book series, "The Weapon," into a feature film he'd star in.

"Weapon" follows martial arts enthusiast and inventor Tommy Zhou, who has developed a ground-breaking portable innovation that an evil order will stop at nothing to steal. Released in 2007, "Weapon" was created by Platinum chairman and CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.

"'The Weapon' is so awesome, and my Disney audience will enjoy the empowerment and action-filled journey my character experiences," Henrie said. "I'm a huge fan and student of MMA (mixed martial arts), and I hope to bring that to the character of Tommy."

Rosenberg ("Dead of Night") and Jim Henrie ("The Beautiful and the Damned") will produce; Randy Greenberg of the Greenberg Group will exec produce.

Platinum also is developing "Cowboys and Aliens" at DreamWorks and Universal, "Atlantis Rising" at DreamWorks and "Unique" at Disney. The company is finishing up postproduction on "Dead of Night" with Hyde Park Entertainment and Omnilab Media.

Henrie, repped by WME and Luber/Roklin, most recently appeared in the Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie." He has had recurring roles on "How I Met Your Mother," "That's So Raven" and "The Pitts."
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