Coheed and Cambria mastermind Claudio Sanchez and Evil Ink Comics have just announced a partnership with Mark Wahlberg and Leverage Productions (Boardwalk Empire, Entourage, Contraband) to bring their The Amory Wars graphic novel to the big screen as a live-action feature.

It was announced at this past weekend's Comic-Con International, held in San Diego. Following this announcement, Coheed and Cambria will embark on a North American tour with Iron Maiden, which kicks off July 24 in Winnipeg, Canada, and sees the band also making stops at both Reading and Leeds Festivals before ending in Charlotte, N.C. Sept. 16.

"The relationship with Leverage is one we've been searching for," says Sanchez. "They do amazing, proactive work and are genuinely as passionate about this story as we are, which is essential for such a multi-dimensional title like The Amory Wars. We're beyond excited."

The Amory Wars, is a sci-fi saga that 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. The story was originally created by Sanchez to serve as inspiration for the Coheed and Cambria's albums. He later expanded the mythology to other mediums, including comic books and graphic novels. In 2010, the singer collaborated with writer Peter David (The Incredible Hulk, Aquaman) to write a full-length prose novel, Year of the Black Rainbow, which told the origin story of the series, and was released in conjunction with the band's album of the same name.



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Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper and Coheed and Cambria tour dates:

16th July - Buffalo, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

18th July - Detroit, MI - DTE Music Theatre

19th July - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Centre

24th July - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Center

26th July - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome

27th July - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place

29th July - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum

30th July - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre

1st August - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre

3rd August - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre

6th August - Phoenix, AZ - Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion

9th August - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

12th August - Albuquerque. NM - Hard Rock Pavilion

13th August - Denver, CO - Comfort Dental Amphitheatre

15th August - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center

17th August - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion

18th August - Houston, TX - The Woodlands

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