Official Press Release
New York, NY, March 19, 2007-Virgin Comics and Guy Ritchie have announced the details of their collaboration on an upcoming graphic novel and comic book series. On March 28th, the first issue of Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper will be released as part of Virgin Comics’ Director’s Cut imprint, a series of stories destined for the silver screen from iconic filmmakers across the world. Director’s Cut titles have included John Woo’s Seven Brothers, and Shekhar Kapur’s Snake Woman, as well as upcoming projects with Terry Gilliam and Nicolas Cage.
British filmmaker, Guy Ritchie reinvented the gangster film with his razor-sharp dialogue, dynamic editing and raw visual style. He has written and directed the highly acclaimed films Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, starring Brad Pitt.
The partnership between Virgin Comics and Guy Ritchie is a landmark endeavor for the two creative powerhouses. For Guy Ritchie, launching this series with Virgin Comics was a perfect fit. “By my creative nature I’m drawn to the visual sensibility of comic book storytelling, so creating a comic was an obvious and exciting prospect,” says Ritchie. “In Gamekeeper, the harsh and primal order rubs shoulders with the alchemical wisdom of nature.”
“Guy Ritchie’s creativity and maverick filmmaking embody the spirit of our mission here at Virgin Comics,” commented Sharad Devarajan, CEO of Virgin Comics. “For a filmmaker the visual medium of comic books provides the perfect opportunity to create a story akin to a movie with an unlimited budget.”
Chief Creative Officer, Gotham Chopra agrees: “When we launched our ‘Director’s Cut’ line, we said we wanted to work with the coolest film-makers. Cool defines Guy Ritchie. When we actually sat down and started to brainstorm ideas and Gamekeeper started to emerge, he raised the bar even more. I think people will really love this book-and hopefully one day-the film that comes from it, directed by Guy Ritchie.”
Gamekeeper is an epic tale of espionage telling the story of one man’s battle with the brutal civilized world-and his animalistic inner-self. Brock is a reclusive, enigmatic groundsman who lives a quiet existence on the estate of Jonah Morgan, until mercenaries invade and shatter the tranquility of Brock’s refuge. Set on a path of vengeance, he is forced to face the dark events of his past in an order to unveil the sinister intentions of the dark forces that conspire against him. As he is drawn deeper into a world of politics, military and science, Brock must struggle to tame the animal within.
About Virgin Comics
Virgin Comics LLC is a character entertainment company creating original stories and epic myths for worldwide audiences. The company was founded in November 2005 by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Enterprises Ltd., alongside author Deepak Chopra, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and Gotham Entertainment Group, South Asia’s leading publisher of comic magazines. Among Virgin Comic’s titles are the breakthrough new comics and graphic novels: Devi, Ramayan 3392 AD, Walk In, John Woo’s Seven Brothers, Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper. Feature films based on Virgin Comics’ characters are also in the works: an animated feature The Secrets of the Seven Sounds and The Sadhu with Nicholas Cage. Virgin comics are sold at comic shops and Virgin Megastores throughout North America and the United Kingdom