EXCLUSIVE: Radical Studios has signed with CAA as the company builds itself in film, TV, publishing and interactive. The venture, founded by Barry Levine and Jesse Berger, has created print intellectual properties that already have translated to other platforms. It has more than 40 titles and 1000 characters, and came out of the gate with the Tom Cruise-starrer Oblivion – which began as a Radical Publishing graphic novel from an idea by Joseph Kosinski, who directed the film. Radical has wrapped its second intellectual property transfer, the Brett Ratner-directed Hercules with Dwayne Johnson for MGM/Paramount, which the latter releases next July. That was based on the Radical Publishing comic book series Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Radical recently set a multimillion-dollar China-based joint venture with Le Vision Pictures which enables the company to access stories, talent and distribution through the partnership. First project in that venture is Mandate Of Heaven, which was formerly developed under the title Clans Of The Sacred Stone.
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Full Clip Prods., the company founded by Avatar and Clash of the Titans star Sam Worthington, John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz, is venturing into television, signing a first-look deal with NBCUniversal International, the international TV production division of NBCUniversal.
Launched in 2010, Full Clip Prods. last May entered into an imprint deal with Radical Studios to original graphic novels to be published and distributed through Diamond Comic Distributors. The deal with NBCU International calls for Full Clip to develop original content, as well as potential spin-off programming based on its graphic novel stories. Full Clip Prods. will executive produce any projects greenlit and produced by NBCUniversal International. “Sam Worthington has great commercial instincts and a passion for telling original, character-driven stories,” NBCU International TV Prod. president Michael Edelstein said.
Full Clip’s TV efforts will be shepherded by Luca Scalisi, former executive for Eminem’s entertainment and licensing company, Shady World Prods. The company is based in Los Angeles and will work closely with LA-based Deborah Oppenheimer, EVP NBCUniversal International TV Prods.
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 to direct, and Matt Cirulnick writing the script. Mandeville partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will produce along with Radical’s Barry Levine, Raimi and his partner Josh Donen. Mandeville’s David Manpearl (who hatched the idea for the comic with Cirulnick) will be an exec producer. The comic is a re-imagining of Western hero Wyatt Earp fighting outlaws in a ravaged society where the only boom town left is the sin city of Las Vegas. The comic was written by M. Zachary Sherman and Cirulnick and illustrated by Mack Chater and Martin Montiel. Levine, formerly a famous photographer of rock stars, has been at this comic-to-movie game for a few years, and has some promising books on the drawing board as movies. They include an adaptation of Last Days of American Crime with Sam Worthington, and Oblivion, which has Tron Legacy director Joe Kosinski attached. The project will be unveiled at Radical’s San Diego Comic-Con panel this Thursday, but who wants to wait?
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