Los Angeles, CA – Virgin Comics (www.virgincomics.com) and New Regency Productions announced that they are producing a feature film based on the original graphic novel created by Virgin Comics entitled, Virulents. Twentieth Century Fox will handle distribution of the film. New Regency is working on production details and may start filming as early as 2008 with possible locations in India.
Filmmaker John Moore, the creative maverick behind films Flight of the Phoenix, Behind Enemy Lines, and most recently a remake of the classic thriller The Omen, will direct the Virulents film.
“Mythology is reality re-told, it’s lingering truths informing the dark corner of our minds that drives our hearts to beat a little faster. And so it is with the deep-core realities of the Myth of Raktaveej, the sickening pulse that drives us to the insanity of “Virulents,” said Moore. “Soldiers in combat stress often loose all sense of “reality” and “logic” – preferring instead to clutch a rabbits foot and pray. In these cauldrons of fear and pain, a little myth can go a long way. And so it will be with “Virulents” – modern soldiers once again fear to tread an ancient battlefield – and face what legions of would-be conquerors faced before them: the sobering reality that fear can turn the mythological into reality. This is the magnetic draw of the myth behind “Virulents” – irresistable to me.”
Set in the Bermuda triangle-like hills of the Hindu Kush after 9/11, Virulents follows a motley crew consisting of American and Indian soldiers who must join forces as they respectively rove the Afghani hills in search of a lost platoon and missing weapon of mass destruction. But rather than stumble upon the militants they are expecting to find, they encounter a demon-like menace unlike the world has ever seen and must re-think their strategy and figure out a way to survive this confounding and rapidly growing evil.
Mined from the rich regional lore of South Asia, Virulents is actually a re-invention of the Raktaveej myth, a demon that as legend says, reproduced clones from his blood every time he was wounded in battle.
The rapid evolution of Virulents from graphic novel to feature film embodies the mission of Virgin Comics, wherein young creators from India can mine the rich cultural and mythic tradition of their country to create stories that reach a global audience,” said Virgin Comics CEO, Sharad Devarajan. “Virgin studio of Indian artists and writers are changing the creative perception of India from an outsourcer to a source.”
The comic book was created by Virgin Comics’ Bangalore based studio of artists and writers and led by the creative team of Shamik Dasgupta and Dean Ruben Hyrapiet.
“Virulents is an example of where we see India’s creativity going in the next decade and beyond. The fact that young creators can mine their ancestral vault of mythology, re-invent it, and get a major film studio like Fox excited to build a film franchise from it proves that Indian creators are amongst the world’s best and can think far beyond Bollywood” commented Virgin Comics Chief Creative Officer, Gotham Chopra.
Virgin’s CEO Sharad Devarajan, Gotham Chopra, and Hollywood producer, Seth Jaret will produce the film.