Australian filmmaker Aaron Wilson has been set to direct Mercy Road, the Cheyenne Enterprises production that will be co-financed by DragonSlate Media. Headed by Leon Tan and based in Malaysia, DragonSlate Media will also co-produce in its first Hollywood venture. The film will shoot in the U.S. and Malaysia next year. Tan’s Kuala Lumpur-based Tripod Entertainment is expected to provide production, VFX and post services to Mercy Road.
Written by Roy Freirich, Mercy Road is a character-driven action thriller inspired by real events. A small town sheriff loses his daughter to cancer, then discovers she was given counterfeit medication. Freirich will produce with Cheyenne’s Arnold Rifkin. Also producing is Jay Judah, who brought the project to Cheyenne. Wilson’s feature debut Canopy just played in competition at the Jerusalem Film Festival. That film’s set during the Japanese invasion of Singapore in WWII, and follows an Aussie fighter pilot shot down in combat and pursued by the enemy.
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EXCLUSIVE: Arnold Rifkin’s Cheyenne Enterprises has optioned screen rights on Soul Seekers, the young adult book series by bestselling author Alyson Noel. Rifkin, the former head of WMA who had this deal brokered by WME, sees the series as a potential franchise on the order of Twilight and The Hunger Games.
There are four books in the series: Fated, Echo, Mystic and Horizon. Fated is currently in stores; Echo comes out in November 2012; and Mystic and Horizon will both be available in 2013.
The Soul Seekers series follows a rebellious 16 year-old, Daire Santos, who is plagued by strange happenings: crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy haunts her dreams. Sent to live with her grandmother in the small town of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire’s visions and reckless behavior are recognized for what they truly are – the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker: one who navigates between the worlds of the living and the dead. As she learns to use her powers, she meets identical twins she’s dreamed about. They hold the future of the world in their hands. There is Native American lore involved in the series, and Rifkin is determined to cast the films with Native American actors when appropriate. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Wes Craven and Steve Niles have teamed for the graphic novel Coming Of Rage and a possible movie adaptation too. The Nightmare On Elm Street and Scream director created the upcoming comic, and Niles, who wrote the graphic novels 30 Days Of Night and Wake The Dead, wrote it. Live Free Or Die Hard producer Arnold Rifkin and Liquid Comics CEO Sharad Devarajan are developing a feature film version of Rage with Craven. Though no details are available on the comic or the film, it is pretty clear that there’ll be a healthy dose of horror, blood and suspense. Coming Of Rage is the first publication in Craven and Rifkin’s partnership with Liquid Comics, announced in 2010. It will be released by Liquid in 2013 as both a five-issue comic series and a graphic novel. Liquid Comics plans to have additional digital elements for iPads and iPhones to compliment the publication. Craven is repped by WME and Industry Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: Barry Sonnenfeld, finishing up his third Men in Black film, has come up with a new spin on the alien film genre. Sonnenfeld is at the center of a publishing/movie deal with Liquid Comics and producer Arnold Rifkin and his Cheyenne Enterprises. Sonnenfeld will team with comic book writer Grant Morrison to develop a graphic novel and movie under the title: Dominion: Dinosaurs Versus Aliens. Morrison, whose comic book work includes Batman and The Invisibles, will write both the graphic novel and the script. Sonnenfeld will direct the film.
While Sonnenfeld has scored his biggest commercial successes with aliens, he’s also a dinosaur fanatic who sparked to the idea of combining them. “Growing up, my fascination was all things dinosaur, and as an adult, I’ve had some success making films about aliens, so this is a dream come true,” said Sonnenfeld, who first met Liquid Comics founder Sharad Devarajan when he wrote a forward for one of Liquid’s graphic novels. “We’ve been trying to do a project ever since.”
The graphic novel will chronicle a secret prehistoric world war battle. When an alien invasion attacks Earth in the age of the dinosaurs, the planet’s only hope is the giants that roam the planet with, it turns out, a lot more intelligence than previously realized. Sonnenfeld, Rifkin and Devarajan will produce, while Liquid cofounder Gotham Chopra will be executive producer. WME will package the film. Read More »
Liquid Comics has formed a publishing partnership with filmmaker Wes Craven and producer Arnold Rifkin. It will lead to the first original graphic novel created by Craven, the man responsible for fright films like Scream, The Hills Have Eyes and A Nightmare on Elm Street. They won’t divulge the subject but plan to launch the story as a four issue comic book series starting early next year. It’ll be published in print, iPad, iPhone and other mobile and gaming devices.
“It’s an idea I’ve been dying to get out there, and working in collaboration with [Liquid's] Sharad Devarajan and Arnold Rifkin will be the ideal win/win way to do it,” Craven said in a statement. Craven’s currently directing Scream 4 for Dimension Films.