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Final Fantasy XIV is Being Developed into a Live-Action Series

Final Fantasy XIV

Sony Pictures Television and Hivemind announced a new partnership with global video game powerhouse Square Enix to develop a first-of-its-kind, live-action adaptation of a beloved chapter from the blockbuster Final Fantasy series, which has sold more than 144 million units worldwide across three decades. 

The live-action television series will tell an original story set in the fantastic world of Eorzea, based on Final Fantasy XIV, the franchise’s blockbuster online role-playing game. Since it first debuted in 2013, the online title has continued to delight and amass millions of players around the world year over year and only further cemented Final Fantasy as one of the most storied and influential franchises in gaming history.

Inspired directly by the world and characters of the title’s fourteenth installment, the project will embrace the bold and genre-bending sensibilities of the revered and long-running Final Fantasy series as it explores the struggle between magic and technology in a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict. Filled with iconic hallmarks of the title’s revered mythology – magitek and beastmen, airships and chocobos – the forthcoming series will feature a mixture of new and familiar faces. Those will, notably, include the live-action debut of Cid – one of the games’ central and most beloved characters who has appeared in almost every installment of the franchise to date. 

Final Fantasy’s multibillion-dollar legacy is one of the most influential pieces of global pop culture of the past 30 years with a footprint that now encompasses all major home and handheld consoles, as well as toys, card games, manga, soundtracks, concerts and live events on three continents. The upcoming television adaptation represents a momentous new milestone for the franchise and will mark the first time a Final Fantasy world – and its many beloved inhabitants – will be realized in live action.

Jason F. BrownSean Daniel, and Dinesh Shamdasani of Hivemind will serve as Executive Producers on the series. Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton have been commissioned to write for the series and will also serve as Executive Producers.

EC’s Weird Fantasy and More is Being Brought to Life by Hivemind

Hivemind has announced a new partnership with William M. Gaines Agent, Inc., the proprietors of EC Comics, for a number of film and television projects based on the hugely influential – and often controversial – comic book publisher’s groundbreaking legacy and library. One of the first endeavors of the partnership will be Weird Fantasy – a new television show inspired by the shocking and subversive sci-fi/fantasy series that collided visionary genre storytelling with socially conscious themes of racial and gender equality, anti-war advocacy, nuclear disarmament and ecological preservation to create some of the most impactful and hotly debated comic book stories ever produced. This is the first time that WMG Agent Inc. has made Weird Fantasy available for adaptation in more than two decades.

Changing the industry seemingly overnight in the early 1950s under the stewardship of publisher and writer William M. GainesEC Comics quickly became the dominant force of the era’s booming comic book industry, selling tens of millions of copies annually and generating intense, nationwide controversies with taboo-smashing, confrontational stories in series like Tales From the Crypt and MAD Magazine. EC’s unique formula eschewed superheroes in favor of science fiction, fantasy, war, horror, and humor – redefining comics storytelling with a newly sophisticated and artist-driven approach that would pave the way for the ascendancy of both Marvel Comics and the counterculture underground in the decades to come.

Weird Fantasy Judgement Day

A lynchpin of the EC line during the publisher’s creative watershed, Weird Fantasy produced dozens of seminal stories that intersected razor-sharp social commentary with epic science fiction, high adventure and dark fantasy by some of the most celebrated comics creators to ever work in the medium, including Frank FrazettaWally Wood, and Harvey KurtzmanWeird Fantasy‘s defiantly rebellious sensibility is perhaps best exemplified by “Judgment Day” – a history-making story by William M. GainesAl Feldstein, and Joe Orlando that championed the then-burgeoning Civil Rights movement and provoked a showdown with the Comics Code Authority, the pro-censorship organization that policed and sanitized the comic book industry for more than 50 years.

William M. Gaines

The new partnership is also slated to include a feature film based on the life of William M. Gaines, the former EC Comics publisher and self-styled comics provocateur who challenged the rigid moral code of 1950s America with shockingly innovative and deeply subversive tales of fantasy, horror and humor that sold in the millions…only to find his company investigated by Congress and his books burned in the streets in the wake of EC’s staggering success. Chronicling one of the greatest untold chapters in American history, the film will follow Gaines’ transformation from a staid, New York publishing impresario into a counterculture hero, guardian of artistic freedom, and champion of the First Amendment as his darkly humorous journey through the troubled birth of the comic book industry reveals the Red Scare-era witch hunt that nearly doomed an American art form, through the subsequent founding of MAD Magazine and eventual rise of Marvel Comics in EC’s wake.

Both projects will be produced by Gaines’ daughter and grandson, Cathy Mifsud and Corey Mifsud, for EC, alongside Dinesh ShamdasaniSean DanielJason F. Brown, and Hunter Gorinson for Hivemind. The projects will mark Gorinson’s first for Hivemind, where he also has joined as VP Brand & Content Strategy.

Hivemind Acquires Gideon Falls for Television

Hivemind today announced that it has won an intense multi-studio bidding war and acquired the rights to bring the hit Image Comics comic book series, Gideon Falls, to television in partnership with co-creators Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino. Hivemind’s Jason BrownSean DanielKathy Lingg and Dinesh Shamdasani will executive produce the series alongside co-creators Lemire and Sorrentino with high-level creative talent already circling the project.

An atmospheric thriller colliding rural mystery and urban horror, the series follows an ensemble cast of seemingly random strangers – a washed-up Catholic priest, an uncompromising female sheriff, and a young recluse obsessed with unraveling a conspiracy buried in his city’s trash – as they become drawn into a mystery connected to a long-forgotten local legend.

Established in 2018, Hivemind is the new production entity from long-time producing partners Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, Bad Robot veteran Kathy Lingg and former Valiant Entertainment CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. Dedicated to partnering with high-level creative talent and globally recognized intellectual properties from the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, horror, comic books, video games, anime, and more, Hivemind recently inked a first-look deal with Amazon Studios. Gideon Falls marks a major new rights acquisition for the label, which will develop the series as an hour-long horror drama based on Lemire and Sorrentino’s repeatedly sold-out, critically acclaimed comic title of the same name that instantly became one of 2018’s biggest breakout hits upon its debut in March.

Gideon Falls is the latest property to join Hivemind’s quickly expanding roster of film and television projects. The company currently produces the acclaimed science fiction series The Expanse – which recently made a historic move to Amazon – as well as Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of The Witcher, based on the series of novels that inspired the best-selling game franchise. Its next feature film will be Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark with producer/co-writerGuillermo del Toro and director André Øvredal, which begins production this summer.

Gideon Falls will also notably re-team Lemire with producer Dinesh Shamdasani, who joins Hivemind as Co-President. Lemire and Shamdasani previously collaborated on multiple best-selling comics projects, including The Valiantand Bloodshot Reborn, during his time at the helm of Valiant Entertainment, which Shamdasani departed following a major acquisition in early 2018. In addition to his duties at Hivemind, Shamdasani is also currently producing a big-screen adaptation of the Bloodshotcomic book series for Sony Pictures with star Vin Diesel, director Dave Wilson, and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer that is set to begin filming this summer.

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here and we’re excited for a chance to relax and kick the final little bit of flu hanging around the team. What geeky things will you all be up to while we recover? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s comic news and reviews from around the web.

Publisher’s Weekly – Comics Industry Asks ‘NYT’ to Restore Graphic Bestseller Lists – Yes please!

The Beat – Dinesh Shamdasani to deliver keynote speech at ComicsPRO meeting – This seems very interesting considering the recent shake-up at Valiant.

Kotaku – Twitch Gets New Policies For Sexual Content and Harassment – Long overdue.

 

Reviews

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The Russo Brothers to Produce Valiant’s Quantum and Woody

It’s being reported that the Russo Brothers will be tackling another comic property once their work on The Avengers: Infinity War wraps up. The project based on Quantum and Woody sounds like it’ll be a television project according to The Wrap who first reported the news.

The comic series is about the “world’s worst super-duo” is published by Valiant Entertainment but created by Christopher Priest and MD Bright and first published in 1997 and ran until 1998 with another short run in late 1999 and early 2000. A second volume launched in 2013.

Anthony and Joe Russo, Mike Larocca, and Dinesh Shamdasani will executive produce the series. Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari will script the pilot and also executive produce. The duo are behind Marvel’s Ant-Man and it’s sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp.

This is the latest live-action project based on Valiant properties. The comic company is working with Sony and screenwriter Eric Heisserer on films based on Harbinger and Bloodshot. Feature films based on Archer & Armstrong and Shadowman are also being worked on. The company also announced a live action project Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe at New York Comic Con in 2016. The webseries is being produced with Bat in the Sun Productions.

Quantum and Woody is about interracial brothers who are given superpowers after a lab accident and must deal with the murder of their father. One’s straightlaced and the other is a complete screw-up and together the series and characters are a fantastic mix of spandex superheroes and comedy.

(via The Wrap)

Valiant Announces #ValiantSummit

valiant summitValiant Entertainment and Twitter have announced the first-of-its-kind #ValiantSummit – an exclusive panel presentation streaming live from Twitter headquarters in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday, June 30th at 3 pm EDT/12 noon PDT. Join writer Robert Venditti, writer Jen Van Meter, Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons, and Director of Marketing, Communications & Digital Media Hunter Gorinson for an hour of news, announcements, and live Q&A, streaming exclusively on the Periscope app at @ValiantComics.

New to Valiant comics? Then start here with a round of Valiant 101 as the #ValiantSummit panel presents a comprehensive introduction to Valiant’s groundbreaking superhero universe and the origins of its greatest heroes, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Ninjak, Divinity, and more. Then, the first official #ValiantSummit continues with revelations about the publisher’s upcoming Book of Death summer event series by writer Robert Venditti and artists Robert Gill and Doug Braithwaite; exclusive first word on upcoming series and special events coming in late 2015 and beyond; and questions and answers, live from fans around the world submitted via Twitter.

Periscope is a live video streaming app for iOS and Android. Simply download the Periscope app, create a new user log-in or use your Twitter log-in credentials, and visit @ValiantComics to watch the #ValiantSummit panel presentation live from San Francisco.

Valiant is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015 and bringing out all the stops with fun announcements, and innovative marketing initiatives like this one. It’s great to see the company embracing technology like this and using it to get the word out and create some excitement.

NYCC 2013: Find Out Why Valiant is Must Read

This October, find out why Valiant makes the case why they’re the Must Read publisher in comics today at New York Comic-Con– the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention!

From Thursday, October 10th to Sunday, October 13th, Valiant will be in full force at Booth #2028 inside the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan – and they’re bringing along a boatload of exclusive giveaways, all-new convention-only items, and superstar talent to celebrate our biggest NYCC ever!

Stop by all weekend long to shop a complete selection of Valiant comics, trade paperbacks and merchandise, including two brand new items debuting only at NYCC – the Archer & Armstrong #14 NYCC Variant by fan favorite artist Clayton Henry and the oversized, shelf-busting X-O Manowar Deluxe Edition Book One hardcover collection – signed by all-star creators Robert Venditti and Cary Nord! And don’t miss the Unity #1 Preview Edition – a FREE, NYCC-only first look, featuring advance peeks inside Unity #1 and X-O Manowar #19!

Plus, want to find out what makes Valiant Comics tick? Sign up at the Valiant booth for a twice-daily tour of Valiant’s 34th Street headquarters, just minutes away from the con floor!

And, on Saturday, October 12th at 4 pm, join them at the Valiant Comics: Must Read Valiant panel presentation for an exclusive round of news and announcements! Featuring creators Doug Braithwaite, Matt Kindt, Greg Pak, and Fred Van Lente, alongside Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.


FREE CONVENTION-ONLY GIVEAWAYS:

UNITY #1 NYCC PREVIEW EDITION

Get a sneak peek at the can’t-miss comic event of 2013 with a FREE, NYCC-exclusive preview edition featuring first looks at UNITY #1 and X-O Manowar #19 – featuring the work of Matt Kindt, Robert Venditti, Doug Braithwaite, Cary Nord and more!

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SHADOWMAN MASKS

See NYCC through the eyes of New Orleans’ nocturnal protector with a FREE die-cut Shadowman mask, designed by award-winning artist Rian Hughes!

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NYCC EXCLUSIVES:

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #14 NYCC VARIANT BY CLAYTON HENRY

All-star artist Clayton Henry (Harbinger Wars, Archer & Armstrong) returns with a fan-tastic NYCC-exclusive variant cover to Archer & Armstrong #14, featuring the explosive opening chapter of the all-new story arc – SECT CIVIL WAR!

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X-O MANOWAR DELUXE EDITION BOOK ONE – SIGNED BY ROBERT VENDITTI & CARY NORD

The very first oversized hardcover collection of X-O Manowar debuts at NYCC – with a special bookplate signed by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Green Lantern, The Surrogates) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan)!

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Valiant Heads to Emerald City Comicon 2013!

Valiant is heading to the Emerald City Comiccon which is running March 1-3, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. They’ve also released some of the cool items they’re bringing along!

Visit Valiant at Booth #2008 all weekend long to get a sneak peek at the future of the Valiant Universe inside the pages of the Harbinger Wars Sketchbook – a FREE first look inside the biggest Valiant event of the summer!

Plus, for the first time ever, Valiant will also be debuting new Shadowman logo t-shirts for sale, alongside a complete selection of Valiant comics, trade paperbacks, hardcovers, and blank convention-only flip books!

And, to find out everything you need to know about the Valiant Universe in 2013, join us on Sunday, March 3rd at 12 noon in Room 3AB for the Valiant 2013: Harbinger Wars and Beyond panel!

With the opening shot of Harbinger Wars only weeks away, get ready to discover the secrets that will put Harbinger and Bloodshot on an inescapable collision course – directly from a panel of Valiant insiders, including incoming Bloodshot penciller Barry Kitson, X-O Manowar artist/inker Stefano Gaudiano, Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce, and Valiant Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani!

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Valiant Entertainment Appoints Dinesh Shamdasani to CEO, Jason Kothari to Vice Chairman

Valiant Entertainment announced this week that co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani has been elected CEO, and founding CEO Jason Kothari has been appointed Vice Chairman of Valiant’s Board.

“The foundation for Valiant has been rebuilt after years of dedicated efforts from our team. I look forward to handing the duties of CEO to my talented co-founder and good friend Dinesh, and to serving the company as Vice Chairman to help pave the way for Valiant’s future growth,” said Mr. Kothari.

As Valiant’s co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Mr, Shamdasani has been responsible for overseeing the creative direction of Valiant’s comic and film projects, and has been an integral leader in the day-today operations of the company. In his new role as CEO, he will retain his current duties, in addition to assuming the responsibilities of Valiant’s chief executive office.

“Valiant had a stellar year in 2012 – one that exceeded all of our internal targets and broader expectations in the industry at large. The Board welcomes both Dinesh and Jason in their new roles” said Valiant Chairman Peter Cuneo. “Valiant’s Board and management team are energized to build on the company’s exciting pace of growth in publishing, media, and beyond.”

With Mr. Kothari as CEO, Valiant Entertainment successfully acquired the Valiant library, assembled a talented management team, and raised multiple rounds of financing from strategic investors, culminating in Valiant’s hugely successful 2012 return to comics publishing. Over the course of the past year, the company has continued to expand in comics, licensing and film, including the development of a slate of major motion pictures in partnership with leading producers and writers.

“Over the course of five years, Jason laid the foundation that became the basis for all of Valiant’s strengths,” said Mr. Shamdasani. “With the company now firmly established, we look forward to furthering Valiant’s mission in the coming months and years. We couldn’t be more excited about what’s coming next.”

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