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Constantin Film has preemptively picked up Polar: Came From the Cold, Dark Horse Entertainment’s spy thriller graphic novel by Victor Santos.
Jayson Rothwell wrote the script for the project, which Constantin’s Robert Kulzer will produce with Jeremy Bolt (the Resident Evil movies) and Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg.
Dark Horse brought the book to Rothwell with the idea that he adapt it, but first the company would go out and pitch it. He suggested instead that he write it on spec, saying it would be much more efficient and faster.
Told in a stark, stylized manner, the graphic novel’s story centers on Black Kaiser, a master assassin forced out of retirement when he finds himself the target of a motley crew of new generation hitmen.
According to the producers, “Kaiser’s gun-blazing and bloody universe is at odds with the doting and protective relationship he has with the child of one of his former marks. Faced with the ultimate battle for survival, Kaiser must choose between saving his life and saving his soul.”
Constantin and Dark Horse are high on the project and are already aiming for a spring 2015 shoot. A search for directors is underway.
Rothwell has worked on Universal and Legendary’s supernatural action movie Spectral and has an untitled heist thriller set up at Thunder Road and Warner Bros. He is repped by WME.
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