Warners treks to 'Edge of Darkness'

Mel Gibson thriller is based on BBC miniseries

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

Based on a BBC miniseries, "Darkness" sees Gibson return to the big screen for the first time since 2002's "Signs," playing a homicide cop whose 24-year-old daughter is murdered on the steps of his home. His search for her killers leads him to a world of corporate coverups and government collusion, causing a CIA operative (Ray Winstone) to be sent to clean up the evidence.

King and Michael Wearing, the producer of the BBC miniseries, are producers. Executive producers are Gail Lyon, E. Bennett Walsh, Tim Headington, Dan Rissner, Suzanne Warren and David Thompson.

The film is in post, having completed principal photography in November. No release date has been set.

Gibson has strong ties to Warners, having made movies like the "Lethal Weapon" series (which began in 1987), "Tequila Sunrise" and "Maverick."

Warners previously released King's thrillers "The Departed" and "Blood Diamond," both of which garnered multiple Oscar nominations and wins.