Dwayne Johnson to Star in Graphic Novel Adaptation LORE; Warner Bros. Acquires Screen Rights to THE GHOSTMAN

     April 12, 2012


It’s been a while since we reported on the adaptation of the graphic novel, Lore, but the addition of star Dwayne Johnson makes it relevant again.  The graphic novel by husband-and-wife team,  T.P. Louise (author) and Ashley Wood (illustrator), follows an ancient line of protectors known as Shepherds who defend our world against dangerous mythological beasts. We previously reported that scribes Cory Goodman (Priest) and Jeremy Lott had signed on to pen the adaptation with producers looking to turn the property into a franchise similar to Men in Black. Now, it looks like Warner Bros. will be the lucky studio to try.  THR reports they’ve picked up the adapted screenplay and underlying rights to the source for seven figures.  Hit the jump to check out the synopsis for Lore, as well as news on another recent six-figure acquisition for Warner Bros.

Here’s the synopsis from the husband-and-wife produced graphic novel, Lore, courtesy of IDW Publishing:dwayne-johnson-lore

In times past, the world was full of mythical creatures, creatures long since banished and held at bay by the secret society of Shepherds. But when the generational line of Shepherds is broken, a reluctant hero finds her life threatened from every quarter. And the creatures are coming back…

Now, IDW presents this Premiere Edition of Lore, written by T.P. Louise and acclaimed artist Ashley Wood. Primarily a prose tale, Wood provides panel and spot illustrations that help bring this story to life. Lore Premiere Edition collects the entire six issues of this unique and mystical series, along with a gallery of artwork from Wood, all within a handsome hardcover.

Now, the interesting thing about that synopsis is the emphasis on the female character who finds her life threatened.  I’m not a doctor or anything, but Dwayne Johnson is about as far from “her” as you can get.  Without a look at the adaptive treatment, it’s hard to say how much of the source material has been maintained, but perhaps readers familiar with the work can fill us in.

roger-hobbs-the-ghostmanIn other acquisition news, Warner Bros. has also picked up the screen rights to as-of-yet unreleased novel, The Ghostman, from up-and-coming author, Roger Hobbs. Deadline reports that the studio has dealt a blind script component to the 23-year-old author who recently sold foreign rights to the book in the range of $3 million.  Warner Bros. is reportedly also looking at this property as a possible franchise. You can check out the synopsis for The Ghostman below (via Amazon UK):

Jack Delton is a hard man to get hold of. There are maybe thirty people who know he exists. Not all of them believe he is still alive. And only one of them knows his real name. So when he gets the email he knows whatever it is, it’s going to be bad. Marcus Fairlan and Jack used to work together. Until they had a falling out, after which Jack assumed the only reason Marcus would want to find him would be to kill him. It turns out it’s worse than that. Marcus bankrolled a casino heist that has just gone spectacularly wrong, leaving a parking lot full of bodies and an armed and dangerous crackhead named Jerome Ribbons gone AWOL with a million dollars in cash. Marcus had the money earmarked for a major drug deal, and if he doesn’t deliver, not only is the deal going down the tubes, but the man known as The Wolf is going to come looking for him. To make things right with Marcus, Jack needs to locate Ribbons, get the money and make the delivery. All in just 24 hours. Even for a man with Jack’s resources, it’s a tall order. Especially when he has a funny feeling the whole thing is a set-up.


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