Official Press Release
San Diego, CA – Beowulf, the ancient epic poem, will receive its most spectacular adaptation of all this November, in the form of a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., and Shangri-La Entertainment, with an all-star cast that includes Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman and Angelina Jolie. In turn, the stunning new motion picture has inspired a comic book adaptation from IDW Publishing.
The comic book series will be released weekly throughout October, delivering a month-long celebration of the November 16 big-screen release.
Writer Chris Ryall, who is also IDW Publishing’s publisher and editor-in-chief; artist Gabriel Rodriguez; and colorist Jay Fotos-the creative team who also adapted author Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show for IDW Publishing and George Romero’s Land of the Dead-adapted the story directly from the screenplay written by Roger Avary, who co-wrote Pulp Fiction and Neil Gaiman, author of the award-winning comic series The Sandman and the novel Stardust, which was adapted for the big screen this year. The weekly issues will also feature back-up material such as a reprinting of the original poem and text pieces that explore Beowulf’s influence on other comics and movies.
The tale of Beowulf, one of the oldest written works in existence, is a familiar one to many who studied the poem in school-In a legendary time of heroes, the mighty warrior Beowulf battles the demon Grendel and incurs the hellish wrath of the beast’s ruthlessly seductive mother. Their epic clash forges the timeless legend of Beowulf and groundbreaking director Robert Zemeckis offers a unique vision of the saga in a way that has never been told before.
Beowulf Release Schedule:
· Beowulf #1 Available October 3rd in book stores
· Beowulf #2 Available October 10th in book stores
· Beowulf #3 Available October 17th in book stores
· Beowulf #4 Available October 24th in book stores