Comic Book 'The Monolith' Heading to the Big Screen at Lionsgate (Exclusive)

The Monolith by Jimmy Palmiotti -DC Comics-P 2016
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Dave Wilson, who is the creative director at 'Deadpool' helmer Tim Miller's Blur Studio, will direct from a script by Barnett Brettler.

Lionsgate is developing an adaptation of The Monolith, the graphic novel series by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti.

The Monolith centers on Alice Cohen, an ex-junkie who inherits a house in Brooklyn from her deceased grandmother. She discovers a diary there that reveals the creation of a monster in the 1930s set on revenge for the slaying of a good man. Twelve issues, all written by Gray and Palmiotti, were published in 2004 and 2005.

The film adaptation will be a contemporary retelling of the classic Golem legend, which centers on an artificial creature created by magic.

Dave Wilson, who is the creative director of Deadpool helmer Tim Miller's production company Blur Studio, is attached to direct. The project will be Wilson's feature film directorial debut, in the same way Deadpool (a big success for Fox with a global box-office tally of $782.6 million) was for Miller.

Prolific producer and 3 Arts manager Erwin Stoff (13 Hours, Burnt) is producing.

Wilson has worked on a slew of video games and trailers including Mass Effect 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic and was involved with Avengers: Age of Ultron. He is repped by WME and 3 Arts.

It's also a big gig for Barnett Brettler, who is writing the script based on the comic books. He has written specs including Allan Quatrain, but this is his first major assignment. Brettler is repped by ICM Partners and Good Fear Film + Management.