Watchmen co-writer David Hayter has teamed with producer Benedict Carver to form Dark Hero Studios, a company that will generate film, TV, Internet and video game projects in the action, sci-fi and horror genres, reports Variety.
Formation of the company comes as Hayter prepares to make his directorial debut on his werewolf thriller script Slaughter’s Road, with Carver producing along with Steven Paul through Crystal Sky Productions. Production begins in the summer.
Hayter said Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) will star, and Ray Stevenson (“Rome”) is in talks to star alongside Dekker.
Dark Hero begins its slate of projects with Demonology, which Hayter wrote and will direct, and the company will set up graphic novels, comic books, video game properties and original genre scripts for movie treatment. Sarah Freudeman will be Dark Hero’s director of development.
Hayter’s Demonology grew out of his experiences attending an international high school in Japan.
“It’s about an American kid who goes to one of these schools in Belgium, but it brings my own horrible experiences of school to life,” Hayter said.