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Blatant and Intandem Partner on $100m Comic Book Film Fund

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Blatant and Intandem Partner on $100m Comic Book Film Fund

Official Press Release

LA producer Barry Levine and his film outfit Blatant Pictures have partnered
with Gary Smith’s UK company Intandem Films to raise a $100m film fund for
big-screen adaptations of comic books from Blatant’s sister company Radical
Publishing. The first two projects are $35m action adventure Legends, to be
directed by Patrick Tatopoulos of Tatopoulos Studios, and the $25m Medieval,
from the graphic novel by Ian Edgington, described as an 11th century The
Wild Bunch, which Til Schweiger will star in and co-produce. Levine was
previously a producing partner for Dark Horse Comics and Dark Horse
Entertainment, where he shepherded films including Damn Nation at MTV Films
andParamount, Rex Mundi at Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil. and RIPD to be
directed by David Dobkin and produced by Neil Moritz and Dark Horse’s Mike
Richardson for Universal. With Blatant/Radical, he has already landed a deal
with Universal’s Rogue Pictures to back two projects – Blood On The Tracks
and Hercules, a reinvention of the classical character as a craggy-faced
long-haired anti-hero. The initial designs for Hercules were created by Weta
Workshops in New Zealand and legendary artist Jim Steranko. LA manager David
Schiff is packaging consultant on the projects. A deal is already in place
for a graphic novel trilogy created by Vin Diesel through his interactive
label Tigon Studios, while other actors working on comic book concepts
include Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) and Hong Kong’s Edison Chen.
Blatant/Radical is represented by Jon Levin at CAA. Intandem’s fund-raising
has been reinforced by its recently struck relationship with SOCOM8 SA, an
international commodities trading and real estate development firm based in
Los Angeles, Costa Rica and Dubai which is one of the key investors in
Blatant/Radical. Radical and Intandem got together when they both worked on
GallowWalker, the Wesley Snipes-starrer which will be released by Lionsgate
domestically in 2008. A Radical comic book of GallowWalker will also be
introduced to the market next year. Metropolitan has bought the film for
France, Toshiba for Japan and VCL for Germany. Blatant/Radical will
officially unveil its properties to the comic book world at Comic-Con in
July in San Diego.

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