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Zemeckis Lures Dark Horse's Fort

Universal Pictures has picked up the rights to Dark Horse's supernatural adventure Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained, Heat Vision reports, with Robert Zemeckis set to produce under his first-look deal with the studio.

Created by Peter M. Lenkov and Frazer Irving, the 2002 miniseries casts real-life author and paranormal researcher Charles Fort as an investigator on the trail of aliens, murderers and vanishing citizens in late 19th-century New York City. Evan Spiliotopoulos (Snow White and the Huntsman) is writing the adaptation.

Zemeckis will produce Fort with his Imagemovers partners Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey, and Dark Horse's Mike Richardson.  Dark Horse's Keith Golderberg will be an executive producer.

The Universal adaptation of Dark Horse's R.I.P.D., a comic also written by Lenkov, is filming now with stars Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon.

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