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Bob ('Back to the Future') Gale and Chuck ('The Scorpion King') Russell to write for CrossGen

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Who said that the road between comic books and Hollywood was a one-waystreet? Not only are entertainment giants developing a growing line offeature films and television programs based on nearly every CrossGen title,but they are also now bringing their original ideas to CrossGenEntertainment in order to create all-new comic books.

Director Chuck Russell (The Mask, Eraser, and The Scorpion King) and BobGale, Academy Award nominated screenwriter of the Back to the Future movies,will each write six-issue mini-series for CGE's Code 6 imprint. Chuck Dixon,writer of BRATH, CRUX, SIGIL, and WAY OF THE RAT, will edit both series.

Gale, the newly announced screenwriter of the upcoming Meridian CGI animatedfeature, will pen the action thriller ILLUSTRATED WARRIORS. While readerswill remember his character-driven work from his courtroom drama inDaredevil, this is the first time Gale will transform his own creations intoa comic book series.

"CrossGen has been publishing the most exciting and consistently highquality books of any mainstream comics company, and I'm thrilled thatILLUSTRATED WARRIORS will be part of their line-up," stated Gale. "Plus, Iget to work with Chuck Dixon, who I got to know when I did the Batman: NoMan's Land books. I couldn't be happier to be in the creative soup with himagain."

Expanding his relationship with CGE, Chuck Russell, director and writer ofthe upcoming Castle Rock/DreamWorks production of Way of the Rat, willlaunch the sci-fi epic METAL STORM.

"Chuck Russell and Bob Gale doing comics? And I get to edit them and talk tothem on the phone and pretend to everyone else we're best pals? How cool isthis?" asked Dixon. "I get to work with two real showmen who also know theirway around a comic book story. And while they brought us a pair ofproperties as different as night and day, each is a blow-the-doors-offaction treat. I've loved both of their work in movies for years and it's abang to work alongside them to bring their brand of entertainment toCrossGen."

"It's very exciting that two names as big as Bob Gale and Chuck Russell havejoined our young line," said Ian M. Feller, Managing Editor of Code 6. "Thetype of Hollywood cachet that they bring to the comics industry isunprecedented. And to think that they both approached us with their projectsis mind-blowing."

Both METAL STORM and ILLUSTRATED WARRIORS are scheduled to debut in 2003.Retailers and readers should anticipate further announcements as Hollywoodcontinues to knock on CrossGen's door.

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