EXCLUSIVE: In a move that runs counter to the usual comics-to-screen trend of adapting material, digital comics co. Red Giant Entertainment has inked a deal to publish a graphic novel based on the Isaiah Washington-starring Blue Caprice. IFC/Sundance Selects acquired the indie drama about the duo behind the Beltway Sniper shootings out of Sundance and opened it in limited release in September. Red Giant scored the deal through the film’s producers Isen Robbins and Aimee Schoof, who are also execs at the transmedia company. For the graphic novel series, screenwriter R.F.I. Porto will adapt his own film script into a quasi-prequel companion piece that further explores the motivations and legacy of convicted murderers John Muhammad and Lee Malvo.
Red Giant’s plan is to launch Blue Caprice as a webcomic in the next few months as the first issue of a new true-crime series tentatively titled Public Enemies. A collected graphic novel will follow in print. Red Giant boasts over 50M readers since it launched offering daily and weekly digital comics for free on their ad-supported platform, says CEO Benny Powell. The publisher has several other film, TV and licensing deals in development out of their comics library, including the vampire saga Katrina and the mythology-based sci-fi Wayward Sons.