Mark Wahlberg and his producing partner Stephen Levinson picking up the rights to a dystopic science fiction comic book series called 'Armory Wars' is the exact kind of news you'd expect to hear in the current franchise-heavy Hollywood climate. What makes this a unique situation is that 'Armory Wars' is not just a comic: it's the backstory to a series of concept albums from the band Coheed and Cambria and it's written by the group's lead singer, Claudio Sanchez.

The news comes via Variety, who also offer this plot description:

" epic fantasy set in a futuristic alternate universe. The series chronicles the rise of superhuman dictator Wilhelm Ryan, and the one family that could hold the key to liberating the world from his tyrannical reign."

In addition to being a comic and the underlying story to Coheed and Cambria's discography, the story was adapted into the novel 'Year of the Black Rainbow' by writer Peter David (that was also the title of the group's 2010 album, which was released at the same time).

So, Mark Wahlberg scooping up the rights to a comic series may be been-there-done-that news, but Wahlberg scooping up the rights to a story that has been told across every other available medium except film? Color us intrigued.