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Hivemind and Brian Taylor are Bringing The Illuminatus! Trilogy to Television


Hivemind has announced that it has partnered with writer/director Brian Taylor and European production company Kallisti for a new television series based on The Illuminatus! Trilogy – the hugely influential science-fiction franchise created by authors Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea that first introduced the concept of “the Illuminati” into the popular consciousness, while simultaneously fueling, deconstructing, and skewering America’s modern-day obsession with conspiracy theories.

When the offices of a Manhattan news publisher are bombed, anti-authority reporter George Dorn begins to suspect that the disturbing conspiracy his editor has spent months investigating is not only real, it might be the key to unlocking all of history’s greatest unanswered mysteries. As George sets out to find his mentor and uncover the truth about an all-seeing secret society that seems to unify every insane, inane, and outlandish conspiracy theory ever told – from the JFK assassination, celebrity cabals and lost continents to UFOs, ancient gods and the truth about the New World Order – he finds himself drawn deeper into a war between two shadowy groups. On one side stand the Discordians, a clandestine band of chaos-loving guerrilla fighters led by the enigmatic modern-day pirate Hagbard Celine; and on the other, the Illuminati – elite authoritarians who secretly manipulate world events, ever-expanding their wealth, influence, and physical power in a plot to escape the limitations of human existence.

Illuminatus! will be executive produced by Dinesh Shamdasani and Hunter Gorinson for Hivemind, and Iris McPherson and Kirstin Winkler for Kallisti. Taylor will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

A globetrotting science-fiction/conspiracy thriller laced with subversive humor, Illuminatus! was first published in 1975 at the height of post-Watergate paranoia and has remained in print ever since.  Often ranked as one of the most influential and obsessively followed pieces of cult science fiction ever produced, references and allusions to the series have turned up everywhere many citing the series as an inspiration and influence.

Celebrated as a “mind-twisting science fiction…classic for more than 30 years” by the New York Times, “the ultimate conspiracy book” by the Village Voice, and the “New Testament” of the American counterculture underground by ViceIlluminatus! has spawned nearly a dozen sequels and spin-offs, along with comic books, stage plays, radio productions, role-playing games, and more based on the original trilogy. In recent years, Kallisti has also developed an immersive Illuminatus! VR experience, exploring series’ many iconic characters and settings, that has exhibited at numerous arts and technology events in the United States and Europe.

Escape From Hat Debuts September 4

ZOVA Books is pleased to announce the release of Escape from Hat, a children’s novel from author Adam Kline and Scottish artist Brian Taylor. cvrCrafted for young readers, yet endowed with a distinctive humor adults are sure to enjoy, “Escape from Hat” tells the story of one lucky rabbit, one sinister black cat, and the unwitting boy to whom they both lay claim. The book reimagines the classic hero’s journey, combining a traditional epic narrative with a contemporary aesthetic. The result has garnered considerable praise.

Chris Wedge, Oscar-winning director of Ice Age, cites the book’s notable peers. “Escape from Hat is effortless fantasy,” he writes, “a modern cousin to the works of Lewis Carroll, A. A. Milne, and L. Frank Baum, that comes alive in your hands. It is an exquisite pastiche of story, prose, and illustration – which is a five-dollar way of saying it is a very good book.”

Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is equally enthusiastic. “This is a classic fairy tale laced with the wit of a contemporary humorist, and the intensity of Taylor’s artwork is breathtaking,” says Eastman. “Escape from Hat is truly a grand adventure, completely original and just so totally cool.”

Oscar-nominated Mark Osborne, director of Kung Fu Panda, observes the novel’s wide appeal. “As if Tolkien himself secretly penned an epic saga of battle-laden ‘Hello Kitty’ fan fiction, ‘Escape from Hat’ conjures up a vast realm of pure imagination, filled to the brim with wit, adventure, romance, and robots.”

Escape from Hat is the story of Leek, an especially talented lucky rabbit thrust into the shadowy realm of “Hat” when a seemingly benign magic trick turns foul. Leek seeks only return to his ward, a young boy now rendered helpless against the whims of Millikin, a particularly devious black cat. But Millikin’s powers know no bounds, and the villain vows to end Leek’s quest before it can even begin – condemning the boy to a life of unending ill luck. So begin the parallel journeys of a rabbit and his boy, who together remind us that loyalty, love, and friendship are the greatest magics of all.

The hardcover and digital versions of “Escape from Hat” launch exclusively through Amazon on September 4, 2012.

Lloyd Kaufman to speak at the Troma Panel at Comic-Con 2011!

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Sell Your Own Comic Con 2011

July 13, 2011– Troma Entertainment, Inc. is proud to announce that Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment and Creator of the Toxic Avenger, will speak at the Troma Panel at Comic-Con 2011, titled “Can DIY Filmmaking Replace Hollywood? Selling Your Own Damn Movie Without Selling Your Soul!” The Troma Panel will be taking place at 9PM on Saturday, July 23rd in Room 9 of the San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive.

Kaufman will be joined on the panel by leading film directors who have also been influenced by his films. Panelists will include Brian Taylor (Co-Director: “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”), Steven Paul (Producer: “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”, Spielberg’s upcoming “Ghost In The Shell”), actor Lance Henriksen (“Aliens”, “Terminator”), Adam Green (Dir: Hatchet II), Scott Mckinlay (Dir: Creep Van) and New York State Film Commissioner Pat Kaufman. Eisner Award-winner Mimi Cruz of Night Flight Comics will moderate the discussion, where Lloyd Kaufman, Creator of the Toxic Avenger, will offer the secrets of self-distribution to today’s indie filmmakers. During the Troma Panel, there will be a raffle for limited San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive numbered special editions of Mr. Kaufman’s new best-selling book “Sell Your Own Damn Movie!” as well as DVDs and Blu-Rays of his film “Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.” Additional Troma merchandise will be available at the Troma Booth, Booth # 4017.

Established in 1974 by Yale friends Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment is one of the longest running independent movie studios in United States’ history and one of the best-known names in the industry. World famous for movie classics like Kaufman’s The Toxic Avenger, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, Class of Nuke’em High, Mother’s Day, and Tromeo and Juliet, Troma’s seminal films are now being remade as big budget mainstream productions by the likes of Brett Ratner, Richard Saperstein, Akiva Goldsman, and Steven Pink.  Among today’s stars whose early work can be found in Troma’s 800+ film library are Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Jenna Fischer, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, Fergie, Vincent D’Onofrio and Samuel L. Jackson. 

Purchase “Sell Your Own Damn Movie” here: http://amzn.to/iZRE9h

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