David Hayter takes up The Sword; Watchmen screenwriter to adapt graphic novel

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

Back in February we shared the news that Lakeshore Entertainment had secured rights to Jonathan and Joshua Luna’s graphic novel THE SWORD in a bid to build a new franchise akin to their very successful UNDERWORLD series, and now we have learned that WATCHMEN screenwriter David Hayter has been tapped to handle script duty for the adaptation.

The Sword tells the story of a young paraplegic, Dara Brighton, who leads an ordinary existence until her family is brutally murdered by a mysterious trio, possessed of god-like, supernatural abilities. Left for dead, Dara discovers an ancient sword belonging to her father, indicating that his past may have been much longer, and stranger, than she could have ever suspected. The sword not only restores her ability to walk, but it grants her a constantly evolving array of spectacular physical powers. With her new weapon in hand, and two faithful friends at her side, Dara Brighton embarks on a journey to hunt down and destroy her family’s assassins.

Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi anchor the producing team, which also includes Skip Williamson, among others. Production on the first installment of THE SWORD is slated to begin early 2014. Rosenberg says of the project…

“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 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.”

More on THE SWORD as we hear it!

Source: The Wrap

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