Gibson's 'Darkness' falls to WB


Warner Bros. has picked up North American rights to "Edge of Darkness," a Mel Gibson thriller directed by Martin Campbell, from Graham King's GK Films.

Based on the BBC miniseries, "Darkness" will mark Gibson's first starring role since 2002's "Signs." He plays a homicide cop whose 24-year-old daughter is murdered on the steps of his home. His search for her killers leads him into a world of corporate cover-ups and government collusion, prompting a CIA operative (Ray Winstone) to be sent in to clean up the evidence.

King and Michael Wearing, who produced the BBC miniseries, are producing. Gail Lyon, E. Bennett Walsh, Tim Headington, Dan Rissner, Suzanne Warren and David Thompson are executive producing.

The film is in postproduction, having completed principal photography in November. No release date has been set, though the studio wants to put the movie on the 2010 calendar. (partialdiff)