Cal McDonald to see life on the big screen?
Once at MGM, with Bragi Schut scripting, the Steve Niles and Dark Horse comic book series “Criminal Macabre” has found a home where the classic monsters dwell: Universal Pictures.
Variety says Kyle Ward is penning the script now, tackling Niles’ case of Cal McDonald, a pill-poppin’, booze-swillin’ detective immersed in the world of the supernatural. McDonald is one of Niles’ strongest fictional characters to date and has been the center of a number of books and graphic novels. In “Criminal Macabre,” McDonald stumbles upon a scheme in which the monsters of Los Angeles are planning something “big.”
The question now is: Will Universal ask Ward to dilute McDonald’s hard edge? Will he remain a pill-popper or is this going to be pasteurized?
Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson will produce with Neal Moritz and his Original Film.