Halo-8 Entertainment has secured the rights for award-winning director Matt Pizzolo and Emmy-winning producer Brian Giberson to create an “illustrated film” adaptation of Loaded Bible: Jesus vs. Vampires, a post-nuke horror comic book published by Image Comics and created by Tim Seeley. A 2010 theatrical release is planned for the film.
“Illustrated films” are a new filmmaking format designed by Pizzolo and Giberson that mixes elements of anime, radio drama, video games, and motion comics. Utilizing the sequential artwork from the comic book, the “illustrated film” adds motion animation, 3D CGI, visual effects, elaborate sound design, music, and dramatic voice performances. The format was developed for their upcoming Godkiller project (click here for more info).
“Tim is a fantastic storyteller who’s managed to take a ridiculously high-concept idea like Jesus vs. Vampires and turn it into a moving and personal story of betrayal and redemption, almost in spite of the wild setup,” said Pizzolo. “This will be the first time I direct a film I didn’t write, and I truly believe the ‘illustrated film’ format Brian and I developed will enable us to create an adaptation that is totally loyal to the original work but still different and unique enough to stand on its own as something every member of the creative team can be proud of whether they worked on the comic or the film.”
“When I first discovered Halo-8 and their approach to entertainment, I knew I’d found a kindred spirit,” said Seeley (whose Hack/Slash comic book is currently in development at Rogue Pictures with Fredrik Bond directing and Justin Marks penning). “They make the kinds of films they want, they don’t answer to a major studio, and they know how to use technology and make it work for them. I’m pleased to have an off-kilter project like Loaded Bible find a home with these guys in their illustrated films line, and I can’t wait for film and comic fans alike to see it.”
Loaded Bible takes place after a nuclear Holy War has decimated North America and left it populated by legions of vampires. When humanity’s last stronghold New Vatican City is withering under the vampires’ assault, the Church gives their people a hero by cloning Jesus Christ himself … but all is not as it seems for the Test Tube Messiah as he’s drawn into a web of betrayal, bloodshed, and seduction.
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