Wow! Radical! And Blatant! And it’s another one of those Hollywood Studio development deals. Some very familiar names and faces involved however.
Fresh out of a first look deal with Dark Horse Comics, producer and renowned rock photographer Barry Levine has joined forces with Intandem Films who are raising a $100m film fund and representing a slate of comic book adaptations from Radical Publishing.
Levine’s Los Angeles-based film production entity Blatant Pictures will produce the genre-led product with wide ancillary market potential from the comic books, mass-market book publishing, toys, television, to films and videogames.
Levine’s recent high-end comic book to film adaptations which he shepherded at Dark Horse include Rex Mundi written by Jim Uhls (Fight Club) as a vehicle for Johnny Depp/Infinitum-Nihil to produce and potentially star, currently being fast-tracked by Warner Brothers/IEG and Universal Pictures repped R.I.P.D. to be directed by Dave Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) and produced by Sony-based Neil Moritz (I Am Legend, xXx) and Barry Levine’s mentor Mike Richardson (The Mask, Hellboy).
Already being developed through Radical Publishing is a large slate of projects. Two of the graphic novel properties have recently been picked up by Rogue; Blood on The Tracks and Hercules and a deal is also in place for a graphic novel trilogy created by Vin Diesel through his interactive label Tigon studios.
The first two projects to be developed through the Intandem, Blatant/Radical Partnership are the fantasy action approx. $35m Legends, written and illustrated by Nick Percival (2000AD) to be helmed by Patrick Tatopoulous and his Tatopoulous studios (The Last Voyage of the Demeter, Underworld, Independence Day, Stargate) and $25m Medieval, Blatant/Radical’s Wild Bunch of the 11th Century, based on the script by Peter Fedorenko and the graphic novel by Ian Edginton (Spiderman, Terminator) starring Til Schwieger (Laura Croft Tomb Raider, Barfuss) artwork by world renowned John Bolton (Batman, XMen).
LA manager David Schiff is packaging consultant on the projects .
Radical Publishing will also be introducing several comic-book licences to the marketplace. The first of which will be Intandem’s GallowWalker starring Wesley Snipes which will debut with Radical Publishing’s full slate of comic-book properties at San Diego Comic Con during July 2007.
Intandem’s $100m raise is steaming ahead, enforced by the recently struck relationship with SOCOM8 s.a (international commodities trading and real estate development company) who are one of the key investors in Blatant/Radical.
David Elliott (previously publisher of Tundra, Penthouse, Atomeka and Thrill-House and whose creative credits include Heavy Metal, Marvel, DC and Image) is Co-publisher and Editor in chief of Blatant/Radical.