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“Beowulf” Coming to Theaters and Comics

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Official Press Release

San Diego, CA -Beowulf, the ancient epic poem, has been
studied in schools for decades and adapted and translated into
numerous forms over the centuries. On November 16, 2007, it will
receive its most spectacular adaptation of all, in the form of a
major motion picture from Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and
Shangri-La Entertainment. In turn, the spectacular new motion picture
has inspired a comic book adaptation from IDW Publishing.

In October, writer Chris Ryall, artist Gabriel Rodriguez, and
colorist Jay Fotos – the creative team behind Clive Barker’s The
Great and Secret Show – will adapt the screenplay written by Neil
Gaiman (“Mirrormask, the graphic novel,” “Sandman”) & Roger Avary
(“Pulp Fiction”) for director Robert Zemeckis’s groundbreaking film
in comic book form. What’s more, the adaptation will be released in
four weekly installments throughout the month leading up to the
movie’s release.

In a time of heroes, the mighty warrior Beowulf slays the demon
Grendel and incurs the wrath of its monstrous yet seductive mother in
a conflict that transforms a king into a legend. Groundbreaking
director Robert Zemeckis offers a vision of the Beowulf saga that has
never been told before “Beowulf,” starring Ray Winstone in the title
role and Anthony Hopkins as the corrupt King Hrothgar, as well as
John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover,
Alison Lohman and Angelina Jolie as Grendel’s mother.

Paramount Pictures Presents In Association with Shangri-La
Entertainment An ImageMovers Production A Robert Zemeckis Film
“Beowulf” starring Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich,
Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman and
Angelina Jolie. The film is directed by Robert Zemeckis from a
screenplay by Neil Gaiman & Roger Avary. The producers are Steve
Starkey, Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. The executive producers
are Martin Shafer, Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman.
As a special bonus for all San Diego Comicon attendees this July,
Paramount Pictures and IDW Publishing will offer an exclusive 8-page
Beowulf promo comic book previewing the miniseries to come.

“I’ve read Beowulf enough times and in enough different editions to
know that this movie will be the ultimate telling of the tale,” said
Chris Ryall, also IDW Publishing’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief.
“And the art on the comic book is equally spectacular-Gabriel and Jay
are doing the best work of their careers, and I’m lucky enough to be
along for the ride with them.”

Beowulf #1-4, a miniseries featuring four 32-page comic books, will
be shipped weekly in October.. For more information on the Beowulf
movie, please go to www.BeowulfMovie.com.

“Beowulf” Coming to Theaters and Comics
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