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“Watchmen” Screenwriter David Hayter Takes On “The Sword”

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

Since picking up the rights to “The Sword” last year, Lakeshore Entertainment hasn’t announced much about the development of the film adaptation for Jonathan and Joshua Luna’s Image Comics series. However, there seems to be movement on the project as The Wrap reports that Lakeshore has hired “Watchmen” screenwriter David Hayter to adapt the property for the big screen.

“David has a proven track record of bringing the multifaceted, beloved characters of graphic novels to mainstream audiences and we’re excited that he’ll be joining us for ‘The Sword,'” Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg told The Wrap. “Lakeshore has a history of delivering large-scale genre films at a budget that enables our international independent distributors to participate, and ‘The Sword’ will provide that opportunity.”

In addition to Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen,” Hayter’s screenwriting credits also include “X-Men,” “X2” and “The Scorpion King.”

The Luna Brothers’ series, published between 2007 and 2010, centered on the story of paraplegic college student Dara Brighton, whose family is assassinated by a mysterious trio of god-like humans. As the only one left in her family alive, Dara finds a sword that gives her incredible powers and sets out on a mission to avenge her family by destroying their killers. Production is expected to begin early 2014.