The Darkness' spin-off character Magdalena could make it to theaters before the Top Cow series' title anti-hero does, but the company has some talent and Hollywood-based backing helping their character out behind the scenes. Right now that help consists of at least one unnamed actor, more than one writer, and a producer who currently has Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Wolfman on his plate.
Having Stuber on their side doesn't mean the movie is close to being a done deal, but Top Cow does have the benefit of an Xbox 360 title with "Platinum Hits" distinction on its cover, thanks to its sales. That label shouldn't be confused with their other partners at Platinum Studios.
"The Darkness is one of those projects that just seems to go on forever and ever, but we have a great new producing partner called Scott Stuber," Top Cow President and COO Matt Hawkins told ComicBookMovie.com. "He has an office over on the Universal lot, and he's been on a number of great films."
"With Stuber and Platinum we developed sort of a take with some writers," Hawkins explained. "It's not set up yet officially at a studio. Even though he's on the Universal lot, he doesn't have an automatic deal there, so we'll have to take and pitch the thing at some point."
Hawkins hopes to see a studio pick up their pitch within the next "two or three months," though he stopped short of revealing who the actor is that they've recruited to be attached to the project.
"We have an actor attached that hasn't been formally announced," he said.
There was a rumor last year that G.I. Joe actor Channing Tatum might be that actor, thanks to Bloody Disgusting, but un-produced projects can be a slippery game of musical chairs half-rumors before they're in production, let alone at a studio. Tatum wouldn't be my first pick to star as Jackie Estacado. I'd rather see a young Benicio Del Toro or perhaps Michael Imperioli from The Sopranos.
Who would you like to see take the lead role in The Darkness? Would Channing Tatum be able to pull it off? Sound off with your own picks for characters and directors below. Until the film becomes official, you never know, someone may just see your suggestion and be inspired.