'Twilight' Studio Picks Up 'Alibi' Adaptation

AlibiFlush from the success of “Twilight” and its sequel “New Moon,” Summit Entertainment has picked up the film rights for Top Cow’s “Alibi.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, John Hlavin (“The Shield”) is onboard to write the adaptation. Halvin was also recently tapped to write the fourth “Underworld” film. “Alibi” co-creator and Top Cow President Matt Hawkins is also attached as an executive producer, along with Marc Silvestri.

An “Alibi” one shot written by Joshua Hale Fialkov with art by Jeremy Haun was published last year as part of Top Cow’s Pilot Season. The story follows a wealthily playboy named John Stephens whose high profile social life serves as the perfect cover for his twin brother Rick — a top-secret government assassin. The concept was created by Hawkins and Michael Renegar.

Back in August, “Alibi” was also picked up by Mandeville Films, the company behind the recent adaptation of “The Surrogates” which starred Bruce Willis. Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are also signed to serve as executive producers on “Alibi.”

Earlier this year, Hawkins spoke with MTV News about the difficulty of casting the two brothers in “Alibi”.

“I think ‘Alibi’ would pose a challenging role for any actor, because they would have to play both roles,” related Hawkins. “I can’t think of any twins available that would be good for a sort of ‘Jason Bourne’-style role. It's interesting, because on one side you have a guy who is basically going to play a sort of soft, socialite kind of person, and at the same time he'll also have to be Jason Bourne.”

Hawkins also offered his take on how to physically distinguish between the two roles onscreen.

“Logistically, how the director would solve that... I'm assuming it's done with CG or with prosthetics. The softer guy is going to be a bit heavier. There is probably going to be a physical weight difference—something noticeable. So you’re either going to have to shoot it separately, use some sort of appliance, or do something with CG.”

In addition to “Alibi”, other Top Cow properties currently in development include “Witchblade”, “Magdalena” and the upcoming “Wanted 2.”

Who do you think should be cast in the lead for “Alibi”? Can Summit successfully break out of its vampire niche? Let us know what you think in our comment section or on Twitter!