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Marvel comic book heads to the big screen

June 6, 2001

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— Another Marvel comic book is on its way to the big screen. Dimension Films has acquired the rights to create an adaptation of "Cloak and Dagger," which Marvel debuted in July 1985.

The film follows in the footsteps of other Marvel comic adaptations like X-Men, Blade and the soon-to-be-released "Spider Man," starring Tobey Maguire.

The story centers on a pair of teen-age runaways who are gifted with superhuman powers. Dagger is a rich white girl able to project an overwhelming light, while Cloak is a street-wise African-American boy who is able to project a terrifying darkness. The two become vigilantes who help protect young people from urban corruption.

"I compare 'Cloak and Dagger' with 'Blade' in that they are not the most high profile Marvel properties, but audiences will identify with them and become immediate fans," said Avi Arad, president of Marvel Studios and a producer on the project. "This will be an action-packed, exciting movie."

Comic book writer David Tischman has been chosen to write the script. Working for both Marvel and DC, Tischman's credits include the comics American Century and Cable as well as the graphic novels "Son of Superman" and "Secret Society of Super Heroes."

"We are adhering fairly close to the comic book in the sense of who the characters are and what their powers are and what they can do," Tischman said during an interview with the Web site Comics Continuum. "They will be wearing movie versions of their comic-book costumes, but those costumes will come out of the story in an organic way, in the same way that Bruce Willis' 'costume' in 'Unbreakable' is organic to what he does.

" One of the great things about 'Cloak and Dagger' is that these are real kids late teens early 20s who get these powers and are posed with the Marvel dilemma, with great power there comes great responsibility," said Tischman. "And they choose for that responsibility to fight for those people who can't fight for themselves people who are like them. I think that gives the movie an incredibly wide appeal."

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