Waterman Entertainment Acquires Comic Book ‘Strikeforce Morituri’

The company plans to begin filming the project, based on the 1980s Marvel comic book, in December

Waterman Entertainment has acquired the rights to the Marvel comic book series "Strikeforce: Morituri," the company announced Tuesday.

Peter B. Gillis, who created the comic book, is adapting the script with Connor Cochran. Waterman obtained the rights from Gillis.

It's not feel-good, cotton candy stuff. "Strikeforce" is set in an Earth that has been conquered by aliens. Scientists develop a way to grant humans superpowers — but with a terrible cost: Within a year of getting the powers, people die. Though they're doomed, they battle the aliens.

The comic book series ran from 1986 to 1989.

Waterman plans to begin production on the movie this December.

Jeff Beard is producing.

Waterman, founded in 1999, creates, finances and distributes film, television and digital media properties. Founder Steve Waterman was co-producer of "Casper" and executive producer of the "Stuart Little" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks" movies.

"Strikeforce" is the first film Waterman Entertainment is developing.