SEEDS Coming to Film
Top comics publisher COM.X and Space Age Films are teaming up to create an animated 30′ film version of their much-lauded graphic novel, SEEDS, created by Ross Mackintosh.
Space Age Films producer Robert Chandler commented:
“Seeds is the kind of book you pick up and before you can help yourself, you’ve read it through to the end. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll have tears in your eyes and feeling a combination of outrage and empathy because you’ll have been on a journey. This is comics at its best. This is the death of Superman, the agony of Batman, the quest of Wolverine. And it’s all here in this simply illustrated book about a man losing his father to cancer.”
“Animation can handle a subject like this in a way that illuminates its dark corners and provides a mainline to the heart of the matter. I have two award-winning film-makers, Hyebin Lee and Philip Bacon, lined up to direct. Hyebin and Philip will bring out the humanity of the story, its honesty and its humour.”
“With the animated film, we’re going to explore further the relationship between the son and his father, and the father’s life, his youth, the things that made him who he was, and so we feel what is at stake and what is being lost.”
“I want it to be a film that will mean something, even in a small way, to anybody who has lost a loved one to the vileness of cancer. But, of course, it has to be more than that, it has to explore in a universal way what it means to be a father, and to be a son.”
Com.x partner Eddie Deighton commented:
“We’re extremely pleased with how well-received Ross’ book has been, and to find a production partner such as Space Age Films to adapt this wonderful, heartfelt project was absolutely necessary for us to do the comic the justice and respect it deserves.”
In July 2009, Ross Mackintosh learned that his father had cancer. Seeds is the autobiographical story of one man’s experience of family, life, love and death. Beginning with the diagnosis, then taking us through the journey of his father’s eventual decline, it is a powerful account combining humour, philosophy and honesty.
Space Age Films is a London-based production company specialising in high-end animation and live-action. Robert Chandler is an award-winning producer and writer. He is currently producing an animated feature film with Stephen Fry, and developing three television series for the Disney Channel.
Com.x are a UK-based, independent publisher that has been creating exciting, innovative comics and graphic novels for the last eleven years. They are widely recognised as being innovators within the comics publishing field, having released such titles as Cla$$war, Razorjack, the collected edition of The Last American and, most recently, the critically acclaimed Forty-Five.