It’s taken more than a decade, but IDW Publishing’s “Aleister Arcane” is finally headed to the big screen. Jim Carrey has signed on to star in the comic book adaptation, with Eli Roth joining as director.
The adaptation has been in the works since as early as 2004, the same year the comic was published, when Paramount Pictures acquired the rights, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is now being produced for Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Entertainment and Mandeville Films.
“Aleister Arcane” follows the mysterious happenings in an Oklahoma town after the death of local TV host Arcane. A group of kids then find they are the only ones who are able to break the curse that he left on their community. It’s based on the comic book written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Breehn Burns.
Carrey, who was last seen in “Dumb and Dumber To,” will executive produce and star in the project. Although the actor is best known for his comedic roles, he has done horror before, with appearances in “The Number 23” and the upcoming cannibal film “The Bad Batch.” He’s also no stranger to comic book movies, having starred as Colonel Stars and Stripes in “Kick-Ass 2” and The Riddler in “Batman Forever.”
Roth came to prominence with 2002’s “Cabin Fever” and helped continue the torture porn horror movie trend with his “Hostel” films. He last directed “Knock Knock” and was recently announced as the director of Roth is also set to direct the “Death Wish” remake starring Bruce Willis.
Jon Croker, who wrote “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death,” will write the screenplay, while David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will produce and Michael Aguilar will executive produce.
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