'Piper' comic book being adapted into film

Project to take a dark look at Pied Piper of Hamelin fable

Persistent Entertainment, Pantry Films and Zenescope Entertainment are teaming up to produce an adaptation of Zenescope's comic "The Piper."

"Piper" aims to take a dark look at the Pied Piper of Hamelin fable. The story will center on a much-bullied high school band student who unintentionally channels the spirit of the mysterious Pied Piper and triggers terrifying consequences of his actions beyond his control.

The project -- brought to Persistent by exec Aaron Cruze, who will shepherd its development -- is out to writers.

Headed by Matthew Rhodes, Persisent has produced more than 20 films in its 10 years. Those include Richard Kelly's "Southland Tales" and the upcoming Nailed," starring Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Pantry Films and its principal Dan Keston produced "Felon," a drama starring Val Kilmer and Stephen Dorff. The company recently wrapped "Pete Smalls Is Dead" starring Peter Dinklage, Tim Roth, and Steve Buscemi.

Rhodes and Keston are set as producers on "Piper."

Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco of Zenescope -- well known in the graphic-novel world for publishing sinister takes on popular folk and fairy tales -- will exec produce, along with Dave Brown of Sleeping Giant Entertainment.