Arne Olsen to do Captain Canuck screen adaptation

Mind's Eye Entertainment tapped the L.A.-based Canadian screenwriter to turn Canada's best-known masked crusader into a movie superhero.

Hollywood-based Canadian screenwriter Arne Olsen has been picked to give the Canadian superhero Captain Canuck the big screen treatment.

Olsen, whose screenwriting credits include Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie for 20th Century Fox and the Burt Reynolds-starrer Cop and a Half by director Henry Winkler and Universal, will pen the film adaptation now in development and based on the Captain Canuck comic book series for Minds Eye Entertainment.

“Arne Olsen is the perfect choice to pen a stand-out action-packed script,” Minds Eye Entertainment CEO Kevin DeWalt said in a statement.

The first issue of the Captain Canuck comic book series by artist Richard Comely hit newsstands in May 1975.

To date, more than 2 million copies have been sold and 26 different editions have been printed.

“With Arne Olsen on board we are set to deliver a movie that will delight Captain Canuck followers and welcome new fans around the world,” Comely, who will work closely with Olsen, said in his own statement.

Olsen’s Hollywood experience includes being a graduate of American Film Institute graduate and seeing his movies like All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 for MGM and Red Scorpion for Shapiro/Glickenhaus produced.

Between Canadian gigs like Carl Bessai’s Repeaters feature, Olsen also sold the pitch for Rapid Fire to Universal and the spec horror-comedy Drake Diamond: Exorcist to Warners.