Cartoon Network, Liquid Comics and CA Media’s Graphic India, and POW! Entertainment have teamed to bring Stan Lee‘s first-ever Indian superhero to television. Chakra: The Invincible will debut in an hour-long TV movie on Cartoon Network across South Asia on November 30th, reaching a potential 34M households. Chakra had previously been talked about in its development stage and Lee now calls the film a “thrill-a-minute superhero saga.” It centers on Raju Rai, a young Indian boy in Mumbai who, along with his mentor, Dr. Singh, develops a suit that activates the mystical chakras of the body. When Raju dons the suit, he discovers superpowers and vows to use them to protect and to serve. His first order of business is to save the city, and the world, from super villains.
But Chakra: The Invincible isn’t staying put in South Asia. It will also be featured on Angry Birds creator Rovio Entertainment’s new ToonsTV platform. The deal gives Chakra the possibility of hitting a wider global audience, a cross-over opportunity for an entertainment industry that’s increasingly spreading its wings. Graphic India also has plans to launch the character in a series of digital and print comic books and graphic novels. Read More »
Created by the comics legend with a script by Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy), Annihilator is the story of Ming, a Chinese expatriate recruited by the U.S. military for a secret ‘super soldier’ program and granted incredible powers through genetic enhancements based on various animal species DNA. Josephson told Deadline “I’m always interested in anything that Stan Lee is doing,” adding that “Dan Gilroy’s script is terrific”. Josephson confirmed he is now starting to look for a director.
Josephson’s credits include Fox TV’s Bones and the Disney film Enchanted. He’s also producing The Most Dangerous Man In The World, based on the biography of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The Warrior’s Way executive producer Douglas Falconer is co-producing Annihilator along with Chinese state-run company National Film Capital, which is also co-financing.
BREAKING: Hot global geek news out of India. CA Media, LP, the Asian investment arm of The Chernin Group, has acquired a large minority stake in Graphic India, a comic book and animation company focused on creating mythological and superhero characters, comics and stories for the Indian youth market, published across mobile and online platforms.
Launched last year by media entrepreneurs Sharad Devarajan, Gotham Chopra and Suresh Seetharaman as a subsidiary of their U.S. comic book company Liquid Comics, Graphic India will now be jointly owned by Liquid Comics and CA Media. Devarajan will be appointed CEO of Graphic India and remain Executive Chairman of Liquid Comics. Liquid Comics will contribute one of the world’s largest and highest-quality comic book libraries based on Indian characters to Graphic India. In addition to CA Media’s investment, it will partner with Graphic India to provide industry expertise and create iconic franchises for Graphic’s characters through multiple media within the Indian entertainment ecosystem. Read More »
Two Lefts Don’t Make A Right Productions’ Elliot Abbott and S2BN Entertainment’s Michael Cohl are working on a trio of films.
* Oscar-winning Precious scribe Geoffrey Fletcher is scripting Attica, with Doug Liman attached to direct a look at the 1971 Attica state prison riot, the bloodiest prison uprising in U.S. history.
* Ed Lucas– Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel are scripting a film inspired by a true story in Sports Illustrated about a blind sports writer known for his work with the New York Yankees. Stanley Tucci is attached to play Lucas, a blind, single father.
* The Retaliator- Stan Lee and Gill Champion of POW! Entertainment hatch a new superhero. Chosen by the Ancients and awarded the powers of the elements, this once ordinary man must protect the Earth against those who abuse and destroy its ecosystem. Jim Hart and Jake Hart are writing.
Screenwriter Dan Gilroy has come aboard to pen the Chinese superhero project The Annihilator (working title) for Magic Storm Entertainment. CEO Eric Mika said Gilroy would write the screenplay to introduce the Stan Lee superhero to global audiences including the Chinese market as the first film project of the global film-financing joint venture formed by Stan Lee POW! Entertainment and Ricco Capital-Fidelis Entertainment. The story concerns a young man who becomes a superhero who returns to his homeland to mete out justice. Gilroy’s credits include Real Steel, The Bourne Legacy and Two For The Money. Lee described The Annihilator as “the most incredibly original and unique superhero I’ve created in a long time” and said praised who added “it’s a joy to have a hand in bringing this to the screen.” Gilroy is repped by CAA.
The Producers Guild of America will bestow its 2012 Vanguard Award on comic book icon Stan Lee when the group holds its 23rd annual PGA Awards ceremony January 21 at the Beverly Hilton. The award recognizes achievements in new media and technology. Lee helped create such indelible superheroes as Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and the Avengers during his career at Marvel Comics. The characters that have been translated into books, television series, video games, web series, Broadway shows and some of the past decade’s most profitable tent pole films. Lee co-founded POW! Entertainment in 2001 to develop properties for multiple platforms; most recently, POW! teamed with Michael Eisner’s Vuguru to produce original digital content. “Stan Lee’s creative vision and imagination has produced some of the most beloved and visually stunning characters and adventures in history,” said Producers Guild Awards co-chairs Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim in announcing the award this morning. “He not only has created content that will forever be in our culture but continues to make strides in the digital and new media realms, keeping the comic book industry fresh and exciting. Stan’s accomplishments truly encompass the spirit of the Vanguard Award and we are proud to honor him.”
The Visual Effects Society has tapped comic book icon Stan Lee to receive the 2012 VES Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be bestowed February 7 during the group’s VES Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Lee — whose creations with Marvel Comics include Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men and Iron Man before founding his own company POW! Entertainment in 2001 — joins previous winners including George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and last year’s recipient Ray Harryhausen. “Stan Lee’s imagination has created a completely original and profitable niche in the entertainment world and has allowed visual effects to flex its muscle in service to it,” VES chairman Jeffrey Okun said in announcing the honor today.
Before this panel starts, we’re told to put on our 3-D glasses for a Real-D presentation. It’s the same one as last year, with a robot dog chasing a robot ball. Yeeha. Next, out comes Morgan Spurlock, to give us a tease of his newest documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE. Says the idea came to him after he met Stan Lee at Comic-Con one year, gushed about how he was such a fan, and Stan gushed back ,saying they should do a documentary together about Comic Con. From there, Joss Whedon and Harry Knowles got involved.
We see a clip. It begins with Eli Roth talking about his first time taking a leak between a Klingon and a Stormtrooper. Snippets of Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith (talking about how now there are chicks at Comic-Con), Joss Whedon, Seth Green saying he actually met his wife at Comic-Con, Guillermo del Toro describing the Con as a Russian doll, with mini-cons inside the con, shots of the masquerade ball, artists alley, portfolio review… intertitles throughout tout everyone’s biggest credentials: ”From the producer of THE DARK KNIGHT…the director of THE AVENGERS… the mind behind aint it cool news…” Ends with Kevin Smith talking about how he wishes he could go back and tell his 11 year-old self that one day he’ll come to Comic-Con every year and be greeted by Stan Lee. Imagines 11 year-old will be upset by how fat he’s gotten. (Again, how is Kev this self-deprecating on one hand, yet a righteous … Read More »
Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment is part of a group that includes Ricco Capital Holdings and Fidelis Entertainment that have joined to create Magic Storm Entertainment, a film-financing partnership to develop and produce a new franchise of Lee’s superhero characters for the global marketplace — including China. Details of the first film project will be released later this summer, the groups said.
On the heels of NBCUniversal signing a 10-year deal with the NHL this spring, NBCU has taken an equity stake in Guardian Media Entertainment, the partnership between comic book icon Stan Lee and NHL Enterprises. In exchange, NBCU will provide promotional support worth multi-millions of dollars for The Guardian Project, the Stan Lee superhero franchise featuring 30 superheroes representing each NHL club. GME, which started off with comic books, a novel and merchandise, is in early discussions for development of a television series. Long-term plans include the creation of films, games, a theme park presence and global extensions.
Kate Bulkley is covering MIPTV at Cannes for Deadline
At a MIPTV press conference this morning, Arnold Schwarzenegger added a 3D feature film to rollout plans for his multi-platform project The Governator. The film is part of a plan that will include an animated TV series, a comic book and Internet programming. The feature film will be ready in early 2013, said A Squared Entertainment’s Andy Heyward, who launched the project along with Schwarzenegger and Stan Lee, the producer behind the project. He told Deadline that it all starts with a 52-episode series that will feature the voice and animated image of Schwarzenegger as a superhero bent on beating the bad guys and the forces of evil.
Schwarzenegger, who received the Legion d’Honeur this morning in Cannes, came wearing his signature cowboy boots. Now “termed out” in his former job as California’s governor, he said he was happy to return to Cannes to announce his return to acting. Cannes is where his acting career launched in 1977. “In public life when you are governor, you have to deal with keeping the beaches clean and making sure there is enough funding for the after-school programs and lunch programs,” he told the packed press conference. “But as an action hero, you just have to save the world.” Schwarzenegger was seated in front of a sign with his animated image as the Governator that said simply: “I’m back.”
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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s reps declined to comment last week for our story that the former California Governor may be doing an animated series with producer Andy Heyward based on a superhero character created in partnership with comic book icon Stan Lee. Well, that’s probably because they were in the process of booking the cover of Entertainment Weekly to unveil the new character. Called The Governator, it is a version of Schwarzenegger after he has left the Governor’s office and becomes a crime fighter, Lee told EW. The Governator will run operations out of a secret high-tech crime-fighting center (aka Arnold Cave) under his house in Brentwood and will have a fleet of super vehicles and a closet full of “Super Suits” at his disposal. He will be surrounded by a gallery of sidekicks, including a 13-year-old computer whiz, and supervillains, including G.I.R.L.I.E Men, named after another Arnold-ism.
Schwarzenegger let news of the Governator slip a couple of weeks ago in an interview with a fan site, in which he said: “I am packaging a comic book character right now. I’m going to announce that sometime at the end of March or the beginning of April.” Schwarzenegger is slated to unveil the animated series in a press conference at MIPTV on April 4.
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. Read More »
Every time I write about yet another deal made by Stan Lee, the same thing happens. Fanboys groan that he’s selling out, or cashing suckers’ checks, or making egotistical moves. And he does it because he can. He is after all Stan Effin’ Lee whose Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four and Iron Man among other superheroes propelled Marvel Comics to superstardom. As a result, I can’t help but view this latest announcement from Stan today with even more cynicism. It’s actually inducing nausea in me.
He’s partnering with the National Hockey League and forming Guardian Media Entertainment to create the platform to launch:
Stan Lee’s vision for his latest superhero franchise, The Guardian Project, which will encompass the creation of 30 Guardians (one to represent each NHL team) as a new series of superheroes, with a creative concept that organically and authentically incorporates various NHL elements but is not set in the world of hockey. “I’ve always believed that every great plan starts with a great story,” says Mr. Lee. “In the creation of GME and its unique and unprecedented relationship with the NHL, I truly believe we have the perfect combination from which to launch 30 new superheroes and excite young fans around the globe.”
Created and developed by Stan Lee and Tony Chargin, EVP of GME Creative Affairs, and Jake Shapiro, each Guardian has been derived from its corresponding hockey team, complete with special powers representative of each team and city. These 30 Guardians will be unveiled together in
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