Bill Jemas Talks Take-Two Interactive’s New Night of the Living Dead Inspired Comic Series
We all know Take-Two Interactive for its kick-ass video games, and most of us know Bill Jemas (the former vice president of Marvel Comics) as a comic genius. The two have recently joined forces for a comic series taking place in the Night of the Living Dead universe.
Take-Two Interactive is responsible for such beloved games as the Grand Theft Auto series, Manhunt, Midnight Club, and Bioshock. They have come together with Bill Jemas to create a new line set in an alternate reality based on Night of the Living Dead. Jemas recently talked with Dread Central to explain this new project .
With titles like Rise, Soul, and Insurrection, the new series promises to be something readers have never seen before. Jemas discussed what readers can expect from Take-Two Interactive’s newest comic series, inspired by and set in the world of Night of the Living Dead.
“Take-Two Interactive believes that comic publishing is an efficient way to create new entertainment properties,” Jemas said. “They asked me to help them start up a new imprint, Double Take. We are commissioning a series of graphic novels. So far, our lead writers are Brian Clevenger (Atomic Robo) and Jeff McComsey (FUBAR). First you’ll see a lot of what you have already seen and expect to see. Then you will be surprised at what we reveal.”
Jemas discussed where the inspiration to use Night of the Living Dead as the background, or alternate reality, for the comic came from. “One of our original stories starred a character who was auditioning for a play,” Jemas said. “To make that story more realistic, we wanted the play to feel real – and thought about making it a revival of a classic story – like Wicked or The Wizard of Oz. Mike Coast, our story editor, pointed out that the Night of the Living Dead has become part of the public domain. We all love that film and all kinda panned off that other story to focus on NotLD. We knew they would be fun to write and hope they will turn out to be profitable.”
Double Take has quite a large scale project planned for this new comic and also plenty of other ideas should this one become a success. “We are starting with six graphic novels, and we’ll build from there,” Jemas said. He also added, “Double Take has dozens of stories in several genres in various stages of development. We’ll keep adding them to our story-verse over time.”
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