BERKELEY, CA -- 15 August, 2005 -- The Hollywood Reporter announced
today that top production company Benderspink has optioned the rights
to the Image Comics graphic novel THE GRAY AREA by writer Glen
Brunswick and comics legend John Romita, Jr.
"John (Romita Jr.) and I are simply thrilled to be working with
Benderspink Productions," said Brunswick. "They seem to have a knack
for turning out really fun, quality pictures."
THE GRAY AREA is a supernatural thriller that follows Rudy Chance
into the afterlife following his execution at the hands of the drug
cartel he sought to double-cross. A brutal, corrupt copy an
womanizer, Chance expects to wind up in Hell. Instead, he finds
himself in the Gray Area, where he is given extraordinary powers and
forced to combat evil as part of a kind of afterlife "police force"
in order to gain a shot at redemption. Benderspink is viewing the
property as a potential franchise.
"While we realize that a "Gray Area" film is still a long way off
from actually happening, it's heartening and exciting to be shown
such a strong degree of enthusiasm from Benderspink for our original
source material," concluded Brunswick.
Brunswick was recently tapped to write the film adaptation of the
Wildstorm/DC comic "Ex Machina" for New Line. Both Benderspink
Productions and Brunswick are attached as producers on "Ex Machina."
Originally published in 2004 as a three-issue miniseries, THE GRAY
AREA was collected both as a trade paperback and limited edition
signed hardcover earlier this year. The trade paperback (FEB051577)
is available now, and so is a very small quantity of the limited
edition signed hardcover (FEB051578). Your local retailer can contact
their Diamond Customer Service Representative for ordering.
Rudy Chance makes his next comic book appearance in a short story by
Brunswick and artist Cully Hamner, set to run in the upcoming IMAGE
COMICS HOLIDAY SPECIAL, available for order in the October issue of