It’s Dr. Jekyll Vs. Jack The Ripper In Optioned Comic ‘The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde’ – Here’s The First Cover!

The upcoming Dark Horse Comics series “The Strange Case Of Mr. Hyde” made news last summer when it was optioned by “True Grit” and “Mission: Impossible 4″ producers Skydance Productions just before San Diego’s Comic-Con International convention.

Set to be co-produced by Dark Horse Entertainment and The Mark Gordon Company, the film will adapt a four-issue series that pits Dr. Henry Jekyll against Jack The Ripper in a Victorian-era adventure. The writer of the comic book series, Cole Haddon, will also script the screenplay for the film.

Dark Horse Comics has provided Splash Page readers with the first, exclusive look at the cover to “The Strange Case Of Mr. Hyde” #1, which hits shelves April 27. The comic will feature interior art and cover by M.S. Corley (pencils) and Jim Campbell (colors), and offers a peek at what we’ll see on the big screen when the adaptation arrives there in a few years.

Official solicit text:

The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde #1 (of 4)
Writer: Cole Haddon
Artist: M.S. Corley
Colorist: Jim Campbell
Cover: Corley and Campbell
On sale: 4/27/11
Price: $3.50
Sometimes good police work just isn’t enough, as Inspector Thomas Adye ?of Scotland Yard finds out when he’s assigned to the Jack the Ripper? case. He’ll need the guidance of imprisoned madman and amoral ?libertine, Dr. Henry Jekyll, whose mind-splitting serum Jack might be ?using to commit his bloody murders. Written by Cole Haddon and ?illustrated by M.S. Corley, part 1 of The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde sets in motion events that? will pit London’s two greatest monsters against one another. Will Adye ?– and his soul – survive intact?

While “The Strange Case Of Mr. Hyde” comic is scheduled to kick off in April, the big-screen adaptation is expected to hit theaters in 2013. No cast or director have been attached at this point.

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