Back in April of 2010 we announced the first issues of IDW Publishing’s Kill Shakespeare and Pantheon, and coincidentally this week some news involving both properties has arrived with one becoming a board game and the other being adapted as a TV series.
Kill Shakespeare Board Game Description:
IDW Games has signed J.K. Woodward and Dave Dorman to be the art team for its launch title, Kill Shakespeare. Woodward’s work has been a mainstay at IDW since 2005, where he helped relaunch Fallen Angel before moving on to various Star Trek series, including last year’s bestselling Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who maxi-series. Dave Dorman is an Eisner Award-winning artist known for his extensive work in the fantasy genre, including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and much more.
“We’ve long respected the art that both J.K. and Dave have produced over the years,” said IDW CEO Ted Adams, “and having them both be a part of the initial offering from our IDW Games division only gives our coming Kill Shakespeare game that much more individual style and excitement.”
Woodward has been brought on to create the art that will be featured on the playing cards for the game while Dorman will paint an original piece for the Kill Shakespeare box’s art. This debut title has a planned release date of June 2014.
“We’re excited to lead off the games division,” said Kill Shakespeare writer and co-creator Conor McCreary. “The lore we’ve created for Kill Shakespeare is incredibly deep, and we think our fans will enjoy spending more time with the characters and world we’ve created for them.”
Kill Shakespeare Comics Synopsis:
What Fables does for fairy tales, Kill Shakespeare does with the greatest writer of all time. This dark take on the Bard pits his greatest heroes (Hamlet, Juliet, Othello Falstaff) against his most menacing villains (Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in an epic adventure to find and kill a reclusive wizard named William Shakespeare.
“Pantheon” TV Series Description:
Michael Chiklis has joined forces with IDW Entertainment to develop and produce his comic series Pantheon as a new scripted live-action television series. IDW Entertainment will fund the development of the project, and it will be co-produced with Circle of Confusion.
While the story of “Pantheon” the series is under wraps, it involves Greek gods returning to the present day.
Slated as direct to series, “Pantheon” will boast Chiklis, Ted Adams, and David Ozer of IDW Entertainment and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs of Circle of Confusion as executive producers. Co-created by award-winning actor Chiklis, it was originally released as a five-issue comic book series by IDW Publishing.
Pantheon Comics Synopsis:
Earth in the near future is a place where the only gods worshiped are money and power. When black market artifacts dealer Hamilton Finch stumbles upon a cache of ancient treasures, he does not expect to come face-to-face with Zeus himself! Is it true? Do the gods walk among us? And what event has caused them to show themselves after so many millennia?
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