Universal has officially partnered with IDW Publishing for a pair of upcoming TV projects based on hit comic book series. Universal Content Productions – which co-produces genre behemoths like Foreign resident and chucky — currently lights an adaptation by Scott Snyder and Hayden Sherman Dark spaces: forest fires. The show is set to follow a group of incarcerated female firefighters who plan a brazen heist while trying to contain a raging wildfire in the hills of California.
Universal International Studios is ready to dive into the world of music with an interpretation of the nominee by Eisner Ballad for Sophie. Created by Portuguese musician Filipe Melo and artist Juan Cavia, the comic explores the life of a reclusive musical superstar who is brought into solitary confinement by a fearless journalist. What follows is “an astonishing saga of rivalry and regret, featuring child prodigies, bitter old men, beautiful dancers, demonic managers, Nazi commanders, compassionate nuns and life-saving animals,” reads -on in the synopsis.
“IDW and Top Shelf Originals represent some of the most creative, artistic and unique stories out there,” IDW Executive Vice President of Entertainment Paul Davidson said Tuesday. “Not only were we thrilled to share this incredible list with the industry, but we’re even more thrilled to partner with these great partners to bring them to the public. This is just the first step in leveraging our strong library of originals and adapt them into compelling series, feature films and podcasts with the industry’s leading storytellers and content creators.”
“At IDW, our commitment is to continue to build on our legacy by having our entertainment and publishing divisions work in tandem to bring a wide range of projects to the masses across multiple platforms,” continued Ezra Rosensaft, CEO of IDW. Media Holdings. “This provides an unprecedented opportunity for our creative community to extend their intellectual property across many verticals. We are also delighted to see that some of our new originals, launched as recently as April, are already resonating across the ‘industry.”
The publisher has also partnered with Warner Bros. Television for an adaptation of James Albon (A Shining Beacon) Delicacy, which revolves around an ambitious restaurateur who discovers a new and irresistible species of mushroom. HBO Max, meanwhile, will house a small-screen translation by Dan Berry and David Gaffney riverswhich is described as “a whimsical and ambitious portrait of human connection in the age of digital fragmentation”.
IDW’s fifth and final television venture falls under the purview of Ánima Studios, which has secured the animation rights to brutal nature. Created by Luciano Saracino and Ariel Olivetti, the comic follows a young man in pre-Columbian South America who fights back against the encroaching Spanish Empire with a collection of masks that allow him to transform into various beasts and monsters.
“We’ve always been big fans of what Ánima has done in animation, so we’re thrilled with their passion for partnering on Brutal Nature,” Davidson remarked last week when the deal with Ánima was announced for the first time. “Their sensibilities will truly expand the incredible world created by Luciano Saracino and Ariel Olivetti.”
“Working with IDW to develop such a unique project is truly exciting,” added studio COO José C. García de Letona. “brutal nature will help us continue to create high-quality stories with a Latin sensibility that can be enjoyed around the world and we can’t think of a better partner to make that happen.
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