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Z2 Comics Publisher Josh Frankel & Filmmaker and Producer Sridhar Reddy Launch Modern Prometheus Production Company

z2logoblueThe publisher of Z2 Comics, Josh Frankel, and independent filmmaker Sridhar Reddy have announced the formation of a new production company, Modern Prometheus. Frankel and Reddy will both serve as Co-Chairman and will be responsible for sourcing and developing comic book intellectual property and overseeing media finance, operations and production. Modern Prometheus will have a first look option for all Z2 Comics publications, including their recently announced line of creator owned comic books and their expanded graphic novel slate.

Modern Prometheus already has film and television projects in varying stages of production, including:

  • A Welcome to Showside animated pilot, based on the upcoming Z2 Comic book series by Ian McGinty, with an ensemble cast including iconic musician Henry Rollins. McGinty is serving as writer and showrunner and the pilot is slated for completion in the fourth quarter of this year. A Welcome to Showside features the adventures of Kit, a lovable kid with a monstrous secret: his dad is the Great Shadow King and he wants Kit to take over the family business of destroying the world. The first issue of the ongoing comic book series will be released by Z2 Comics in October 2015.
  • A live action adaptation of One Trick Rip-Off, the New York Times bestselling graphic novel from Eisner Award-winning writer/artist Paul Pope. Pope is Executive Producer on the film. The screenplay by Sridhar Reddy tells the story of young lovers Tubby and Vim who want to escape the mistakes they’ve made, the lives they’ve lived, and the city weighing them down. Their plan is simple: all they have to do is rip-off Tubby’s pals, the One Tricks – the toughest street gang in the city. If they pull it off, they’re set for life. If not, their lives won’t matter much anyway.

This deal has been a almost a year in the making and the culmination of a lot of work.

USA Network Picks Up Brooklyn Animal Control for Pilot

brooklyn animal controlUSA Network announced a pilot pick-up for Brooklyn Animal Control. The project is written and executive produced by JT Petty. David S. Goyer, Circle of Confusion’s Rick Jacobs and David Alpert, and IDW Entertainment’s David Ozer and Ted Adams, will also executive produce. Brooklyn Animal Control is based on the IDW Publishing comic book created by Petty and is a co-production with Universal Cable Productions and IDW Entertainment.

Brooklyn Animal Control follows the inner workings of a secret subdivision of the NYPD that functions as social services for some of the city’s most unique citizens — werewolves.  Delving into the lives of both the Case Officers, and the secretive, highly insular Kveld-Ulf, a community of werewolves living deep in the borough, Brooklyn Animal Control will examine city politics, immigrant communities, and families divided by ambition, secrecy, and tradition.

In addition, USA Network recently announced a pilot pick-up for Poor Richard’s Almanack, a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions, the project is from executive producer Jim Danger Gray and consulting producer Miguel Sapochnik.  Previously announced pick-ups also include the Universal Cable Production dramas Falling Water from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Entertainment, Blake Masters and the late Emmy Award-winner Henry Bromell, and Paradise Pictures from executive producer Aaron Korsh and Rick Muirragui.

TV Review: The Strain: S2E3 Fort Defiance

the strain s2 imageThe third episode of the second season of The Strain continues to build and touches upon numerous different plot points, bouncing between the present and the past. This episode though suffers a bit for doing so.

This is an episode that shows some of the issues with the show as far as special fx and makeup on some of the characters. Ansel, the rocker from season one, is back, and his makeup just looks horrific at time. It’s weird as things bounce around when it comes to this. It’s not universal, but at times, things just look really off and rather cheep.

Lets go through the various storylines. The Mayor does a press conference that’s a bit shocking. Abraham reveals something that’s rather interesting and answers a question I have had for a while. Vasiliy and Dutch continue their messed up relationship. The Master doesn’t trust Eldritch, and the good vampires make a move. And Ephraim’s son goes all Carl from The Walking Dead. There’s a lot here, and while it might be needed to get things moving for the rest of the season, none of it gets the focus they all need.

None of it is bad, but it all feels rather short. It might have been more interesting to focus on fewer, but it’s hard to say until we see the rest of the season and what’s included.

The thing that’s really interesting is the subtle focus on the relationships between the characters. That’s a priority this year, they’re making an effort to flesh them all out, as opposed to just looking at the spread of the vampire menace.

The season is interesting, especially with the story of either denial or compliance of the New York City government. That to me is the most interesting aspect of the season so far.

Overall, not a strong episode, but it’ll likely be an important one.

Overall rating: 7

CBS This Morning Spotlights Rep. John Lewis’ March

CBS This Morning featured a segment on the award-winning March series created by Congressman John LewisAndrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, calling Lewis a “civil rights superhero.”

CBS’s Jan Crawford asked the congressman about his recent trip to Comic-Con, where he dressed “in costume” recreating the trench coat and backpack he wore to march for voting rights across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, 50 years ago. At the convention, he joined hands with local students who had studied March and led a “children’s march” through the halls of Comic-Con, with a huge crowd following solemnly behind.

CBS then sat down with the students who had marched with Congressman Lewis to find out what they’d learned from March.

CONtv Launches Original Series Comic Book America with Mike Carbonaro

Comic Book America with Mike CarbonaroPop Culture and Comics guru and Wizard World, Inc. favorite Mike Carbonaro travels near and far in search of the best books, toys and memorabilia in CONtv’s newest original series, Comic Book America with Mike Carbonaro.

The mini-series debuted this week on CONtv, where fans can catch up with Mike “Carbo” Carbonaro as he locates comic books, vintage playsets, classic artwork, and sports memorabilia in the first four episodes. CONtv director of programming, Nash Herrington, produces the series.

The show features the enthusiastic Carbonaro as he highlights some of the more unique and interesting collections he’s come across, such as one man’s Doctor Strange collection, classic Joe Palooka, Flintstone playsets, and others. Also, fans can play along at home while they watch by using social media to tell what they would pay for the items that Carbonaro buys in the show.

The highlight of the show is the host himself. An enterprising and successful entrepreneur, Carbonaro began buying and selling comics at age 10. At age 13, Carbonaro set up at his very first comic convention. Later, from 1981 to 1997, he ran his own very successful comic book store, Continental Comics, in Queens, N.Y. In 1996, Carbonaro began the very first Big Apple Convention at St. Paul the Apostle church on 58th St. and Columbus in Manhattan; 12 years later it was the most successful privately owned comic convention in New York City. “Carbo” is currently working as a buyer for Dave & Adam’s Cardworld (also seen at many Wizard World shows) and doing what he loves—buying comic and pop culture collections from around the world.

Catering to the enormous and avid Comic Con audience, CONtv currently boasts 2,500 hours of original programming, curated films and TV episodes, and exclusive Comic Con panel coverage from dozens of annual nationwide conventions, with new panel programming added weekly as additional conventions take place.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’s First Promo

Check out the first footage from the new Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy animated series, coming to Disney XD September 26th!

SyFy Acquires Wynonna Earp from Seven24 Films and IDW Entertainment

SEVEN24 Films and IDW Entertainment announced today that Syfy has acquired the U.S. rights to Wynonna Earp, a live action television series based on the IDW Publishing comic created by Beau Smith. Emily Andras developed the series for television and will serve as Executive Producer and Showrunner.

With an initial order of 13 one-hour episodes, Wynonna Earp is a fast-paced, contemporary thriller that follows Wyatt Earp’s great granddaughter as she battles demons and other supernatural beings. Wynonna is a witty and wild modern day gunslinger, using her unique abilities and a dysfunctional posse of allies to bring the paranormal to justice.  The series is scheduled to premiere in April 2016.

Melanie Scrofano will star as Wynonna Earp. Tim Rozon will play legendary con artist Doc Holliday, and Shamier Anderson plays the mysterious Agent Dolls.

Wynonna Earp will be produced in Calgary by SEVEN24 Films, and distributed by IDW Entertainment. Production is slated to begin in August. SEVEN24’s Jordy Randall and Tom Cox will serve as Executive Producers.

IDW CEO & Publisher Ted Adams, David Ozer, Peleton Entertainment’s Todd Berger, and Circle of Confusion’s Rick Jacobs packaged and facilitated financing for the series.

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Supergirl’s Latest Video Tells Her Story

Don’t miss the premiere of Supergirl coming to CBS this fall. You can read our review of the pilot.

TV Review: The Strain: S2E2 By Any Means

the strain s2 imageThe second episode of the second season of The Strain continues to build and touches upon numerous different plot points, bouncing between the present and the past.

The past focuses on a young Abraham as he searches for more information about the vampires and at the same time hunting for Nazis. To me, this is one of the more fascinating aspects of the television show, in that the flashbacks shows how intertwined the history of some of the characters is. It’s a very cool aspect, that’s rather entertaining.

In the present so much is going on, it’s almost too much to go over. Ephraim and Nora continue to search for a cure, and debate about the ethics of what they’re doing. Vasiliy and Dutch get closer and go on some vampire hunting. And what I think is some of the most unique and best aspects of the show, Eldritch makes his move for control by using the chaos to provide needed services.

It’s that failure of services and government that I personally enjoy about the show. We actually see the argument happening within the government as to the response and lack there of. We see a private corporation stand in for the government, gain control, and then abuse their position. It’s an aspect we don’t see too often in these types of stories. Being a political nerd, it’s not too much of a shock this is something I’ve focused on. It makes me want to see an entire show focused just on the government response in this sort of situation.

The second episode builds nicely from the first, and continues what so far is a solid second season, much better than the first. The Strain stands out in a summer that’s been rather slow for television.

Overall rating: 8

Insane Jane Heading to Television

InsaneJanePosterAs more and more comic book properties make their way to the big and small screen, they are simply going to have to make room for one crazy heroine. Insane Jane, based off the cult comic book from Bluewater/StormFront Productions is currently in development and has Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse alum Miracle Laurie attached as the eponymous Jane.

The story of a deluded, yet-well-meaning heroine who believes she has super powers is being developed as a television series produced by Bohemia Group Originals and Miracle Laurie. Screenwriter Tracy Morse has also signed on for the project.

The character made her debut in 2010 and added a unique take to the pantheon of superhero literature. She is described by original writer Zachary Hunchar: Take youthful energy. Add in some over-active imagination. Mix in some powdered donuts. Sprinkle it with delusional disorder and you get … Insane Jane! She’s the kookiest action hero of the 21st century.

The production has not yet secured a distribution deal, but anticipates several suitors given the original concept and the high quality of the content. The production is set to go before the camera later this year.

According to the producers, one of the challenges is featuring a character with severe schizophrenia. There are great opportunities to provide commentary on how we treat and perceive people battling mental health issues. Even though the material is often done tongue in cheek or for comedic effect, the central principle is that Jane, despite her challenges, is not the joke.

StormFront Productions (formerly Bluewater Productions) also has film projects developing with Universal Studios and Paramount Picture and other studios for their titles Nanny & Hank, Legend of Isis, 10th Muse, and Sinbad Rogue of Mars.

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