Framelight ramps up 'Chi-Chian'

Also hires scribe for family adventure, 'Tom Trueheart'

Production banner Framelight is ramping up. The company has optioned rights to the cult comic "Chi-Chian" and will develop it as a feature.

Framelight also has attached Mark Rosenthal to pen its family adventure "The Secret History of Tom Trueheart."

The fairy tale-tinged "Chi-Chian" is set in a dystopian New York -- the city has lost its independence and become a prefecture of Japan -- and centers on a seemingly ordinary young woman who has been tapped as a heroine and must fight samurais, robots and zombies to protect her loved ones.

The property, which began life as a six-part comic book from the Cuban-American musician Voltaire, spawned a set of digital episodes for Syfy and as well as a role-playing game.

Voltaire, whose full name is Aurelio Voltaire, is an artist and musician who has developed a following for avant-garde storytelling and artistry. Jeffrey Erb and Robert Robinson Jr. will produce "Chi-Chian" under their Framelight banner.

"Trueheart," based on Ian Beck's young-adult novel, centers on an adventurer in a mythical land who must rescue his more seasoned older brothers when they go missing.

The WME-repped Rosenthal has several writing credits to his name, including "The Jewel of the Nile," "Flicka," "Mona Lisa Smile" and the 2001 reboot of "Planet of the Apes." He also has written the script for the upcoming Disney tentpole "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," starring Nicolas Cage.

Framelight has several other properties in development, including the thriller "Sins of the Fallen" and an action update on the Sinbad tale.