One more story that fell a bit between the cracks during our coverage of the San Diego Comic-Con came in the form of an announcement at the show that producer/writers Marc Guggenheim and Alisa Tager have formed Collider Entertainment, a company focused on the principle that intellectual property can be developed across multiple platforms for production and global distribution simultaneously.
What does that mean in simple terms? The company will have multiple creators writing and directing stories for film, television, comic books, video games and alternative/new media outlets. The first two projects will originate as comic books and be published by Image Comics:
Utopian by Guggenheim and Tara Butters (“Reaper”, “Dollhouse”). The project between Guggenheim and Butters, both of whom are professional writers and are married but have never written together until now, tells the story of what happens when the world’s superheroes are rendered obsolete when war, famine and crime suddenly begin to disappear. One hero investigates the source of the newfound tranquility, but his former comrades oppose his efforts to return the world to normal.
The second (and of most interest to Dread Central) title, The Mission by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber (“Red”, “Battleship”), is a supernatural thriller about a man who receives instructions from the angel Gabriel to commit murder, but is he crazy or is there really a divine force at work?
Guggenheim commented, “Collider is founded on the notion that when story drives the idea, unfettered by licensing and outdated business models, the end product is better and, therefore, more commercially viable.”
Tager continued, “Our philosophy is that the story drives the idea rather than the medium determining the story. The result is only limited by the imagination of the creator.”
The Mission sounds a bit like one of our favorite films, Frailty, so we’ll be keeping close tabs on it to see how similar … or different … it winds up being.
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