While not as popular as Batman, Spider-Man or Captain America, the comic book Area 52 has seen a great deal of interest from Hollywood since Image published the four-issue series in 2001. The comic, follows the rag-tag staff of Area 52, a storage facility in Antarctica where top secret artifacts and alien weaponry are stored after Area 51 has finished testing them. The group is tested, themselves, once an alien escapes its containment.
Deadline reports that the movie rights have been acquired by Summit Entertainment, the company behind the Twilight franchise, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura set to produce. Di Bonaventura has no shortage of experience with comic book adaptations, having worked on Transformers: Dark of the Moon, RED and the upcoming G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. Screenwriters are currently being sought for the project, and the right one should really do a number on the comic's intriguing premise.
This is the third try at creating a movie out of Area 52, with Comic Book Resources reporting that the last attempt was in 2007 when director Steven C. Miller (Scream of the Banshee, Automaton Transfusion) was set to direct from a script by screenwriter Jack Phillips. Perhaps di Bonaventura will have more success. Posted 09.28.11 by Ryan