McG to Produce and Direct Comicbook Series Maintenance

August 10, 2007–Warner has picked up the rights to Oni Press comicbook series “Maintenance” for McG to produce and possibly direct. Joe Ballarini is adapting the project, which follows the exploits of two janitors who work at Terrormax Inc., the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of weapons and doomsday devices to supervillains.

McG said he always liked films such as “Back to the Future” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” which are based on action, comedy, and special effects, and wishes to make “Maintenance” in the same vein.

Comicbook series was created by Jim Massey and illustrated by Robbi Rodriguez. Eric Gitter, who runs Oni's entertainment arm, will produce along with McG's shingle, Wonderland, which has a three-year first look deal with Warner.

Ballarini scripted “Witch Hunters,” set up at New Regency that Kopelson Entertainment will produce. He also wrote “The Legendary McClouds” at Paramount, and MGM's “F+.”

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