Thursday, July 23, 2009

'Magdalena' Now Has a Director

Top Cow CEO Marc Silvestri, executive producer of "Wanted," seems to have found a new niche in Hollywood production. He will repeat that role on his company's next movie adaptation "Magdalena" with newly announced director Ryûhei Kitamura.

Valhalla Motion Pictures and Platinum Studios signed Kitamura, who most recently directed Clive Barker's "Midnight Meat Train." Also new to the "Magdalena" team is "The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations" writer Holly Brix.

Silverstri's production team for the religious history-inspired action tale includes Gale Anne Hurd ("Incredible Hulk," "Punisher: War Zone," "Terminator 2") Platinum Studios head Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and Top Cow president Matt Hawkins, according to Variety.

The movie, slated to star Jenna Dewan and Luke Goss, follows Top Cow's original title character, a descendant from Jesus Christ's bloodline via Mary Magdalene. Endowed with the ability to look into human hearts and show evil-doers the errors of their ways, Magdalena uses her powers to protect the Roman Catholic Church.

Top Cow is going to see if they can use it to replicate the success of "Wanted," which grossed over $130 million domestically, it could be a property ripe for resurrection.

Do you think Ryûhei Kitamura will be a good pick to direct "Magdalena"? Do you think Valhalla and Platinum Studios chose wisely with writer Holly Blix?

More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Source: MTV News


Space Monkey Mikey said...

I like Jenna Dewan in the role and I like the choice for director. I was skeptical about Midnight Meat Train, but I ended up liking it in the end. I'm not sure about the writer, though. Haven't seen Butterfly Effect 3. But overall, the movie seems to be coming together.

Head Hero said...

I only saw the first "Butterfly Effect," which was okay and thought was interesting at times. The third film is a DVD film only, so hopefully the writer has read some Magdalena comics.

I have not seen "Midnight Meat Train" though I have heard good things about it.