Summit Taps Writer for Alibi Movie

Looks like Top Cow’s “Alibi” is a comic book that might actually make it to the big screen after all. The latest news on the film front is that Summit Entertainment, flushed off the success of “New Moon”, has started movement on a couple of projects, one of them being “Alibi”. John Hlavin has been brought in to pen the adaptation, to be based on the comic book created by Top Cow president and COO Matt Hawkins and Michael Renegar, and written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Jeremy Haun.

“Alibi” follows a two-men assassination team — a slick, dangerous assassin and his well-known socialite brother. While the killer bro is out somewhere in the Middle East taking down your usual assortment of bad guys and greedy oil baron, the socialite is getting his face in the newspapers and tabloid magazines, in case the killer bro is ever identified. Unfortunately for the brothers, the CIA is after them, and seems to have figured out their scam. Making matters worst, people are starting to double cross them, and traitors lurk in their midst.

As far as I can tell, there’s only been one issue of “Alibi” ever published, as part of Top Cow’s “Pilot Season” campaign, where the publisher’s readers get the chance to vote on six one-shot pilot comics released throughout the year, with the highest vote-getter later becoming an ongoing series. Sort of like pilot season in Hollywood except, well, with comics. As a result, the first issue wasn’t all that fleshed out, but I did find it to be a fun and quick read. Also action-packed and pretty smart for a comic book. Unfortunately, a quick research tour across the net found that “Alibi” got the least amount of votes, which means no ongoing series. Funny, then, that the premise was obviously strong enough to get it a movie deal. Go figure.

Besides “Alibi”, John Hlavin will also be penning the fourth installment of the “Underworld” franchise for Screen Gems, and has “The Gunfighter” over at Warner Bros. Before making the leap to feature films, Hlavin was a writer on the FX Channel’s gritty cop show “The Shield”. I wonder why they didn’t give the comic’s writer, Joshua Hale Fialkov a crack at the movie. He seems to have a knock for good dialogue.