Summit Unlocks <i>Area 52</i>

Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the blockbuster Twilight Saga and the sleeper hit RED, has picked up the rights to the 2001 Image Comics miniseries Area 52, Deadline reports.

Created by Brian Haberlin and Clayton Henry, the comic centers on a storage facility in Antarctica where top-secret artifacts and alien weaponry are stored after Nevada’s infamous Area 51 is finished testing them. When a dangerous alien escapes containment, an Army nurse and a team of misfits must stop it.

This is the third Hollywood go-around for Area 52, which at one point was in development at Universal Pictures before being snatched up in 2007 by Benderspink. Steven C. Miller was set to direct from a script by Jack Phillips.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing, with J .C. Spink serving as executive producer through Benderspink. The project is expected to go out to writers soon.

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