Hitman: Agent 47 producer Adrian Askarieh and indie producer Giulio Marantonio have optioned Slayer, a spec script by newcomer Joel Dorland.
The plot centers on a simple fisherman who, when his wife is kidnapped and his village slaughtered, trains for 20 years to become the greatest warrior alive in order to wreak vengeance on the four demonic knights responsible.
The script was featured on the Blacklist script website in fall 2016 and described as Gladiator by way of Quentin Tarantino.
The producers are developing the project not just as a movie, but also holistically in an attempt to deepen its roots and maybe kick-start a viable brand in the process. They have engaged Tim Daniel and artist Christian DiBari to make a one-shot graphic novel that they hope to publish as well as send off with the script to financiers when the time comes. They are also packaging it with a filmmaker.
Daniel is currently writing Atoll and Fissure for Vault Comics, and may be best known as the writer and co-creator of Enormous. DiBari is a horror artist who is drawing Magdalena, an upcoming title from Image Comics.
Dorland is repped by Daniel Vang and Scott Stoops at Good Fear Film + Management.