The Darkness Comic Creator Teases Adaptation Plans In The Works

During an interview with Comicbook.com at New York Comic-Con, Silvestri played it coy about a possible live-action project, stating, “I’m under wraps about specifics. We’ve always got irons in the fire, and there’s something exciting brewing. All I can share is that if it moves ahead, it’s going to be monumentally cool.”

Talking about The Darkness and its journey to the screen

Silvestri was more open about the comic series’ future. He revealed that he’s working on a new The Darkness comic series slated for a 2023 release. “I’m penning a new series for The Darkness, and it’s on the calendar for next year. We’re also reviving Witchblade due to popular demand, kicking off with fresh issue number ones,” Silvestri shared.

He elaborated on his approach to reintroducing the character Jack Estacado as The Darkness, aiming for a blend of familiarity and innovation. “We’re bringing back The Darkness in a way fans adore, without a total overhaul. It’s an invitation for newcomers and a fresh take for long-time fans. It’s about striking a balance that feels both new and respectful to its roots.”

The possibility of a live-action adaptation of The Darkness has been floating around for years. Initially, Dimension Films announced plans for a movie in 2004, targeting a 2008 release. The rights then passed to the Pang Brothers in 2005. By Comic-Con 2009, there was talk of a film in development under Scott Stuber Productions, and in 2012, Len Wiseman came on board as a producer.

The Darkness, conceived by Marc Silvestri, Garth Ennis, and David Wohl, debuted in Witchblade Issue #10 in 1996. The narrative centers around Jackie Estacado, a mafia hitman who, on his 21st birthday, acquires powers from The Darkness, a primordial force of chaos. The franchise extended into video games, with a critically acclaimed title released in 2007 for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, followed by a sequel in 2012.

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