TriStar Pictures has picked up the rights to Infidel, a horror comic from former DC/Vertigo editor Pornsak Pichetshote and artist Aaron Campbell. Michael Sugar, who won an Oscar for producing Spotlight and is an exec producer on Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, will produce the adaptation with Ashley Zalta via the duo’s Sugar23 banner. Anonymous Content will also produce.
Described as a haunted-house story for the 21st century, the comic centers on an American Muslim woman and her multiracial neighbors, who find themselves living in a building haunted by strange creatures that seemingly feed on xenophobia. The comic combines racial themes and the horror genre. The deal, said to be in the low six figures and picked in a competitive environment, comes after the first issue was released in March by publisher Image Comics.Pichetshote was a key editor at DC/Vertigo, helping launch acclaimed comics such as Grant Morrison’s WE3 and Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth before turning his hand to writing. Campbell is a longtime artist who has worked on comics such as The Shadow and Green Hornet. Pichetshote is repped by APA, Bellevue Productions and Hansen Jacobson.’