Dynamite Entertainment has provided CBR with an exclusive first look at John Cassaday's cover for "Blackbeard: Legend of the Pyrate King." The new series is written by Eduardo Sanchez with Gregg Hale and Jamie Nash with Robert Napton. Interior artwork will be provided by Mario Guevara ("The Lone Ranger & Tonto.")
Eduardo has been making films since he was 16-years old, including the award-winning Independent feature GABRIEL'S DREAM, which he shot in 1991 for $3,000. He co-wrote, co-edited, and co-directed the 1999 film THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, which grossed over $140 million theatrically in North America. He also designed and built the original BlairWitch.com website and co-directed the TV special CURSE OF THE BLAIR WITCH for The Sci-FI Channel. Most recently, Eduardo directed the feature film ALTERED, which was distributed by Universal Home Entertainment. His new film, SEVENTH MOON, was shot in Hong Kong and will be out in October from Ghosthouse Entertainment.
Gregg Hale was born in Selma, Alabama but his hometown is really Henderson, Kentucky. One collegiate year at Western Kentucky University full of theater, ballerinas and tequila somehow led to four years in the Army. After serving in the Special Forces, he moved to Orlando, Florida where he went to film school at both Valencia Community College and the University of Central Florida.
He worked as a set dresser and prop man on features and TV shows in Orlando and LA for ten years before producing THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT in 1999. Gregg was honored to receive the Nova Award as outstanding new producer from the Producer's Guild of America for his work on that film.
Gregg co-created the television series Freakylinks for Fox Television and produced the show's website which is still one of the most extensive works of "e-fiction" ever presented on the Internet. Gregg has directed a number of award-winning regional and national television commercials. His first (and only, so far) feature film as director, SAY YES QUICKLY, played in film festivals nationwide in 2005 and won Best Feature at the IndieMemphis festival.
His most recent long-form film projects were ALTERED, a sci-fi/horror film which was purchased and released by Rogue Pictures and SEVENTH MOON, a supernatural thriller starring Amy Smart being released in October by Lionsgate. Gregg lives in Portland OR with his wife and two children.
Jamie Nash is a Maryland based writer/filmmaker who enjoys working in various genres. He's the writer of the horror/Sci-Fi film "Altered" (distributed by Rogue Pictures),
co-director/writer of the Christmas Horror Comedy TWO FRONT TEETH, the writer of the in-production feature I WAS A SEVENTH GRADE DRAGONSLAYER(starring Lea Thompson) and shares story by credit on the feature film, "Seventh Moon" (starring Amy Smart) which will be released by Lionsgate in the Fall of 2009.
Robert Place Napton
Robert is currently co-writing Dynamite Entertainment's new pyrate series Blackbeard. In 2008, he adapted the first graphic novel based on New York Times bestselling author Terry Brook's Shannara universe entitled Dark Wraith of Shannara for Del Rey/Random House as well as Battlestar Galactica Origins: Adama, based on the Sci-Fi Channel television series. His career in comics began in earnest in early 1994 at Image, writing such titles as Prophet and later the creator owned series, Deity. In 2004, Robert became founding Editor of the first ever manga division of Bandai Entertainment Inc., currently overseeing such titles as Code Geass, Eureka Seven, and Gurren Lagann.