Universal Pictures has nabbed feature film rights to the Dark Horse comic miniseries Criminal Macabre, created by 30 Days of Night creator Steve Niles, according to Variety. Kyle Ward (3 Rounds, Fiasco Heights) is currently writing the screenplay.
Criminal Macabre follows a supernatural detective who doubles as a hitman, taking out all the vampires, ghosts and other nasty monsters who live among us, hiding in the shadows by day and emerging by night.
Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson will produce the eventual film with Neal Moritz.
Ward seems to get a lot of projects centered on hit men. He recently scripted a sequel to the game adaptation Hitman for Fox. He also wrote the screenplay for Fiasco Heights, a Universal project which Michael Bay is producing, about a notorious hitman who teams with a failed private eye in search of a missing woman. He apparently dabbles in sheer bloodshed and violence as well, writing a script for the Lionsgate videogame adaptation Kane and Lynch.