Criminal Macabre is from the mind behind 30 days of Night. Kyle Ward is set to adapt Steve Niles' drug abusing paranormal private/supernatural assassin.

Niles explained to MTV, that didn't work out too well:

[It] just didn't quite take [and] went through a lot. The first instance, everyone was like, 'Clean him up, we can't have a character like this.' And then they realized I'm not trying to do 'Cheech and Chong' here. This is to me, a modern Philip Marlowe. He has all the same problems, but they're modernized because hard drinking just doesn't cut it anymore.

This new version will hopefully avoid that problem; it's being co-produced by Dark Horse owner Mike Richardson as part of the studio's deal with the comic publisher that followed the success of the Hellboy movies.

Universal has 'Criminal' intent [Variety]