EXCLUSIVE: Director/writer Marshall Lewy’s Zambry Films has picked up the rights to the Eisner Award nominated graphic novel The Impostor’s Daughter. The book tracks journalist Laurie Sandell’s discovery that all the amazing adventures and run-ins with the rich and famous her father told her growing up were lies. Published in 2010, Impostor’s Daughter also deals with the fallout from such revelations for the adult Sandell. Lewy will write the screenplay for the adaptation, with hopes to direct. The Lewy-directed and scripted California Solo, starring Once Upon A Time’s Robert Carlyle, came out earlier this month after previously debuting at the Sundance Film Festival. Laurie Sandell is repped by ICM Partners. Marshall Lewy is repped by the Gersh Agency and attorney Mark Wetzstein.
Burbank, CA, November 3, 2010 – Legendary Pictures has appointed veteran comic book editor Bob Schreck to the role of Editor-in-Chief of the newly-formed Legendary Comics, it was announced by Thomas Tull, Legendary’s Chairman and CEO. Schreck joins Legendary Comics from IDW Publishing, and his appointment marks the launch of the new division dedicated to publishing original graphic novels.
Headed by Schreck, Legendary Comics plans to publish four to six graphic novels a year for both digital and traditional print distribution. The books will target Legendary’s well-established and powerful fandom demographic. Schreck begins at Legendary Comics the first week of November, and plans to release the inaugural project within the first half of 2011. He will be working closely with Kathy Vrabeck, President of Legendary Digital, and they will, as warranted, look to bring the newly-created comic-based IP produced by the venture to other entertainment platforms such as film and television.
EXCLUSIVE: Comic book icon Stan Lee is mixing superheroes with William Shakespeare for his next graphic novel creation unveiling at Comic-Con NY today. 1821 Comics has made a three-book agreement made with Lee and his POW! Entertainment. The first book is Romeo and Juliet: The War, a futuristic and stylized retelling of the Shakespeare tale, with story by Lee and Terry Dougas, and artwork by Skan Srisuwan. Here’s a peek, courtesy of Deadline. It will be published next spring.
Disney has set William Monahan, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Departed, to adapt Oblivion, the graphic novel from Radical Publishing. Tron:Legacy director Joseph Kosinski will helm. Oblivion, a futuristic adventure, comes from a story hatched by Kosinski. Monahan’s repped by WME and Anonymous Content….
EXCLUSIVE: James Wan, who co-created and directed the original Saw, has been set to direct Nightfall, the film adaptation of the graphic novel. The film is a coproduction between Scott Mitchell Rosenberg’s Platinum Studios and William Stuart’s Aurora Productions. The premise: a man is sentenced to time in a prison run by vampires. The graphic novel was published in 2007 and written and created by Scott O. Brown with art by Ferran Xalabarder. Wan will oversee the development of a script. His latest film, Insidious, plays in the Midnight Madness program at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has just closed a deal to purchase the LAST MAN STANDING and develop it as a multiplatform franchise property. The hugely sought-after graphic novel from Heavy Metal publishing was the sensation of this past Comic-Con when it debuted. Marc Evans, President of Production for Paramount, played a major role in bringing this into the studio. Scott Aversano will produce with Daniel LuVisi, the artist and creator of the graphic novel. The project will be executive produced by Stephan Lokotsch, Russell Binder, and Peter Levin. The novel will be expanded into a comic book by Kevin Eastman’s Heavy Metal publishing label. Attorney Craig Jacobson made the deal. The graphic novel which was 2 1/2 years in the making and sold out within 2 hours will be expanded into a comic book series for Kevin Eastman’s Heavy Metal publishing.
Dan LuVisi told my pal Peter Levin’s Geek Chic Daily that Last Man Standing, or “LMS”, “takes place 600 years in the future, in an alternate universe and is about Gabriel, this invincible soldier, who’s been created to help win a war Earth got itself too deep into with Mars. After Gabe wins the war, he comes back down to Earth and is celebrated as this incredible hero. From there, he becomes somewhat of a celebrity, a Superman of this story, but then it all takes a quick turn. Gabriel is framed for an atrocious crime,
20th Century Fox has acquired screen rights to the Mark Millar/Steven McNiven graphic novel Nemesis. Tony Scott is attached to direct and Scott Free will produce. The graphic novel was written by Millar, whose Wanted and Kick-Ass creations were turned into films, and whose Marvel Comics titles include the revamped X-Men, the Avengers series The Ultimates, and Civil War, the latter of which is DC Comics Superman: Red Son. Nemesis was published in March by Marvel’s Icon Comics imprint. McNiven is the artist behind Civil War and other collaborations with Millar. (The website Bleeding Cool had the Scott news first.)
I see that The Hollywood Reporter is trumpeting an “exclusive” on the deal right now, but if you consider all Deadline has written on this sales effort–including that Disney was close to a deal–that’s like racing to the top of what you think is an uncharted hilltop, glimpsing my crumpled Bud Light empties scattered about, and then planting your flag anyway. Nice try!
Disney closed its deal to acquire Oblivion, the Radical Publishing graphic novel that will be turned into a directing vehicle for Tron:Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski. Deadline reported on Monday that Disney had the inside track and an exclusive negotiating window after four studios bid on the property following last week’s pitch effort. The other studios in the running were Paramount, Fox’s Chernin Entertainment and Universal.
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned Disney has the inside track on screen rights to Oblivion, the graphic novel from Radical Publishing that was shopped last week as a directing vehicle for Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. The studio has an exclusive negotiating window that ends this evening. Three other studios — Paramount, Fox’s Chernin Entertainment, and Universal — made bids last week. Kosinski and Radical chief Barry Levine began pitching studios last Monday night. Disney had the inside track on the pic in deference to the relationship the studio built with the filmmaker over the three years it took Kosinski to make Tron: Legacy, a film that was produced by Sean Bailey before he became Disney’s president of production.
Independent comics publisher Oni Press and its sister company Closed on Mondays Entertainment have inked a first-look deal with CBS TV Studios to mine the publishers’ comic books and graphic novels for series and other TV programming. The announcement …
EXCLUSIVE: Working Title Films partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner have made a deal to turn Kurt Busiek’s graphic novel series Astro City into a live action feature. The deal gives the prolific comic book writer Busiek his first chance to …
Comic-Con serves as a trigger for the announcement of movie deals based on graphic novels, and DreamWorks has gotten on the board early. The studio has acquired the Radical Studios comic Earp: Saints for Sinners, with fanboy favorite Sam Raimi attached …