Legendary Pictures’ Pacific Rim isn’t out until July 13, 2013 but director Guillermo del Toro today announced that a prequel to the sci-fi robot and monster movie is in the works. Written by the film’s screenwriter Travis Beacham and released by Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull’s Legendary Comics imprint, the graphic novel will be set about 25 years before the movie, taking readers inside the creation of the robot pilots’ crews and the technology they use. The biographies del Toro put together for the characters in the Legendary/Warner Bros movie will also be a part of the graphic novel, Deadline has learned. Del Toro will be appearing at the Legendary Comics booth at New York Comic-Con tomorrow signing specially created artwork for the Pacific Rim movie (check it out at right).
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.