Creepy and Eerie, a pair of anthology horror comics whose original run stretched from the mid 1960s through 1983, have been acquired for film and TV development by Submarine Entertainment and Grand Canal Film Works, according to Variety. The two entities will join forces to form New Comic Co., which will oversee development. Dan Braun, co-head of Submarine Entertainment, says the properties are likely to be used for feature films, though television and digital media have not been ruled out. Projects are currently being developed as independents, but may end up at a studio. Creepy is expected to be developed as a horror project, while Eerie will focus on science fiction.

Rights to the properties were purchased from James Warren who published the original Creepy and Eerie comic magazines, as well as Forrest J. Ackerman's seminal monster magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. Creepy and Eerie were black and white magazine-size comics very much in the tradition of the E.C. Comics, publishers of Tales From the Crypt, and Vault of Horror to name a few. Warren's magazines used many of the same artists as E.C., including Wallace Wood, Jack Davis, Al Williamson and Frank Frazetta. Like the Crypt Keeper in Tales From the Crypt,Creepy and Eerie featured the characters Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie who would act as host and narrator for their respective magazines. Acquisition of the property represents the end of a seven year negotiation with Warren who re-acquired the rights after a legal battle with Harris Publishing. The acquisition was announced at the New York ComicCon.
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