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Jim Mickle will Direct Donny Cates’ God Country

God Country

AfterShock Media has announced that Jim Mickle will direct the film adaptation of Donny Cates‘ comic series God Country. Cates adapted the screenplay for the film. Lee Kramer and Jon Kramer from AfterShock Media will produce along with Jim Mickle and Linda Moran.

God Country was originally published in 2017 by Image Comics to critical acclaim. The first issue immediately sold out and had to be reprinted four times before being collected in trade paperback.

In God Country, Emmett Quinlan is an elderly widower rattled by dementia. Emmett isn’t just a problem for his children–his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home–as well as the surrounding West Texas town–a restored Quinlan rises from the wreckage. An enchanted sword at the eye of the storm gives him not just a sound mind and body, but phenomenal power. He’s now the only man who can face the otherworldly creatures the sword has drawn down to the Lone Star State in a film that will bring a Western aesthetic to the superhero genre.

Norman Reedus’ Bigbaldhead Productions Nabs Undone By Blood

Undone by Blood #1

AfterShock has announced that Undone By Blood has been optioned by Norman ReedusBigbaldhead Productions for television.

Undone By Blood is a comic series whose first volume is by writers Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson with art by Sami Kivela, color by Jason Wordie, and lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. The collected edition of the first arc will be out in November. A second arc has been announced.

Set in the early 1970s, the comic focuses on Ethel Grady Lane who returns home to kill the man who murdered her family. The series has a side story focused on an Old West novel about the famed gunslinger Solomon Eaton. Both stories unfold simultaneously in this neo-western.

Bigbaldhead products was founded by Norman Reedus and Brillstein Entertainment’s JoAnne Colonna, and with former AMC exec Amanda Verdon to head the company, they closed the deal to adapt the comic series. Norman Reedus, JoAnne Colonna, and Amanda Verdon will Executive produce along with AfterShock Comics’ Lee Kramer and Jon Kramer. Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson who will Co-Executive produce. There is an eye for Reedus to star in the show.

Sony Nabs The Kaiju Score from James Patrick, Rem Broo, Dave Sharpe, and AfterShock

AfterShock has announced that Sony has cut a deal to bring The Kaiju Score to the big screen. Being published by AfterShock, the comic is by writer James Patrick, artist and colorist Rem Broo, and letterer Dave Sharpe. The comic releases in November and is described as:

It’s the most dangerous heist ever attempted. Four desperate criminals are going all in on a once-in-a-lifetime chance to steal millions in art and turn their miserable lives around. The catch? They have to pull it off under the nose of a one thousand-ton kaiju. And a giant monster might just be the least of their problems.

Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch will produce, along with Tony Shaw who brought the property into Sony. AfterShock Comics’ Lee Kramer and Jon Kramer will also produce.

Jiao Chen is overseeing the project for Sony Pictures. Sony Pictures’ Drew Reed and Jake Bauman were instrumental in the deal, as was Rive Gauche Television with Steve Burkow of Ziffren, Brittenham, who negotiated on behalf of AfterShock.

The Kaiju Score

AfterShock Comics and Universal Television Partner to Develop the Lost City Explorers

AfterShock Comics has inked another TV deal, bringing The Lost City Explorers to the small screen. In partnership with creator Zack Kaplan, AfterShock has signed a deal with Universal Television to produce the title.

The Lost City Explorers is a sci-fi series focused on a group of teens who become underground urban explorers after a mysterious expedition leads to the disappearance of one of their fathers. Following his tracks on a coming-of-age journey through subterranean tunnels, they ultimately find the holy grail of lost cities, Atlantis, buried right under New York City. The book is written by Zack Kaplan with art from Alvaro Sarraseca and colors from Dee Cunniffe.

Zack has emerged as a breakout, new voice in comics. In only two short years he’s launched three on-going sci-fi series with his debut hits Eclipse and Port of Earth for Image/Top Cow and most recently with The Lost City Explorers.

Zack Kaplan will serve as an Executive Producer and writer. Lee Kramer and Jon Kramer from AfterShock Media will also serve as Executive Producers.

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