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'Hitman' Producer Teams With Vault Comics to Adapt Graphic Novel Slate (Exclusive)

Producer Adrian Askarieh is teaming with producer F.J. DeSanto to develop a slate of comics from upstart indie banner Vault Comics.
Adrian Askarieh (left), F.J. DeSanto   |   Jim Spellman/WireImage; Courtesy of Silver Fox Ent.
Producer Adrian Askarieh is teaming with producer F.J. DeSanto to develop a slate of comics from upstart indie banner Vault Comics.

Hitman: Agent 47 producer Adrian Askarieh and Silver Fox Entertainment’s F.J. DeSanto are teaming to develop and produce adaptations of a slate of high-concept comics by writer and graphic designer Tim Daniel.

Daniel is best known for designing logos and interior graphics for various comic books. His credits include works for Image Comics, Shadowline and Skybound. As a comics author, his most well-known book is Enormous, which was drawn by Mehdi Cheggour. He also wrote and designed The Walking Dead Survivors’ Guide.

Upstart indie banner Vault Comics, which was founded earlier this year and focuses on original, creator-owned science fiction and fantasy titles, will publish the comics sometime in 2017.

The titles include:

The Atoll, centering on an Olympic athlete who is kidnapped and finds herself off the coast of Australia in an arena where contestants are forced to combat a 21-foot Great White shark:

Fissure, which tells of a young couple living in a Tex-Mex border town who must contend with a mysterious force that is living in an ever-growing chasm, which is slowly devouring their town:

Spiritus, set in world where criminals have their consciousness transferred into labor machines. An MMA fighter convicted for killing her husband finds herself a pawn of a ruthless prison syndicate leader who is building an army of free machines in order to create a brutal revolution:

Morning Star, which focuses on a mother mourning the loss of her forest firefighter husband. When she takes her two kids to the remote park where he died in a bid to heal her fractured family, she is thrust into an otherworldly adventure.

Askarieh and Daniel have worked together before on an adaptation of Enormous, initially as a digital pilot for Machinima. Enormous was more recently in development as a television series at New Regency Television and Fox.

DeSanto, meanwhile, has a previous relationship with Vault as he has two comic titles in the works with the company: the action-thriller Failsafe and the miniseries Alien Bounty Hunter. The latter was developed with Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg.

“Tim’s slate of Vault books have been conceived to extend well beyond the pages of the comic books themselves and provide us with a very potent opportunity to generate exciting, and topical, dramatic material for television shows and feature films,” says Askarieh.

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