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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