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By Devin D. O'Leary

NOVEMBER 24, 1997:  Horror, in case you hadn't noticed, is hot. Warner Brothers has just snagged the film rights to DC Comics' atmospheric horror title "House of Secrets." Writer Steven Seagle, who (along with artist Teddy Kristiansen) revamped the popular '70s anthology series for DC's Vertigo line, has been tapped to write the screenplay. The feature film has been described as a haunted house saga mixed with a courtroom drama. In it, a runaway girl stumbles into an abandoned mansion where she is put on trial by a ghostly jury. Apparently, the phantom tribunal condemns defendants to the attic for absolution or to the basement to be tormented forever by their deepest, darkest secrets. Expect the low-budget film to hit theaters late next year. ... Speaking of horror, an enterprising entrepreneur has somehow unearthed a 35 millimeter print of Thomas Edison's 1910 version of Frankenstein. Don't ask me how he did it. Every movie reference book and film institute in the world considers Edison's film a long-lost classic. Apparently it's not all that lost, because you can now buy a VHS copy (with F.W. Murnau's 1922 Nosferatu tacked on as a bonus) for only $30. You can check out the company's Web site (www. Irsmarketing.com/adventures/?yhnws) for more info. ... And in the latest Hollywood casting news, Jon Favreau (writer and star of Swingers) is in final negotiations to play Rocky Marciano in a bio-pic of the late boxer's life for MGM.

--Devin D. O'Leary

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