As Sneak Peek first reported in 2008, producer Gale Anne "Hulk" Hurd's Valhalla Motion Pictures and Platinum Studios are developing Top Cow Comics' "Magdalena" as a major motion picture, now signing Ryuhei "Midnight Meat Train" Kitamura to direct and Holly Brix to write the screenplay.
Hurd will produce, with Top Cow CEO Marc "Witchblade" Silvestri and Randy Greenberg executive producing. Top Cow president Matt Hawkins will co-produce.
Actors Jenna "Step Up" Dewan and Luke Goss are currently attached to star.
Premise of "The Magdalena", debuting in Top Cow's "The Darkness" #15 (June 1998), follows 'Mary Magdalene', the 'wife' of Jesus who gives birth to a daughter 'Sarah'. From this holy lineage comes the 'Magdalena', a royal bloodline that passes power from mother to daughter, as warrior/protectors of the Catholic Church.
The Magdalena has the ability to see into the human heart, to show people the error of their ways and give them the choice to redeem their sins. There is only one in every generation, wielding the 'Spear of Destiny' as a formidable weapon against evil.
Since the Middle Ages, the Roman Catholic Church has been the Magdalena's employer, training her until she is ready to take hold of her destiny.
The current Magdalena is 'Patience', who leaves her convent, forcing the Catholic Church's 'Inquisition' to send agent 'Kristof' to track her down to assume the Magdalena mantle.
Kristof finds a troubled Patience living on the streets of New York City with homeless girl 'Rowan Barry', but becomes her mentor and attempts to give her basic training in her holy mission. Initially hesitant, Patience utlimately accepts her destiny when Rowan is abducted by agents of an evil force...