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'Mephisto and the Empty Box' optioned for film development

Official Press Release

Source: Top Shelf Productions

Comics Fans Worldwide,

First of all, let me again thank everyone for helping us through ourrecent crisis. Just this Monday (the 20th) we finished shipping out all1000 orders, and to celebrate that, we actually have some cool news toreport (this deal was finalized just last week):

HOLLYWOOD FALLS UNDER THE SPELL OF "MEPHISTO"!

Hollywood Producer Joe Singer (Dr. Dolittle, Dante's Peak) andentrepreneur Janet Jensen's new production company, Singer/JensenEntertainment, has optioned the rights to Top Shelf Production'scritically acclaimed comic book MEPHISTO AND THE EMPTY BOX for featurefilm development.

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Written by Jason Hall and illustrated by Matt Kindt, MEPHISTO AND THEEMPTY BOX is part of the creators' well-renowned PISTOLWHIP series ofbooks (included in TIME Magazine's List of Top 10 Comics of 2001).While the creators are excited their work may make it to the big-screen,they really hope that the Hollywood attention will help bring the comicsthemselves to a wider audience.

The screenplay for MEPHISTO will be written by Michael Browning (BadCompany, Six Days, Seven Nights). The story involves a couple with atroubled marriage who attend a magic show. The woman volunteers for thedisappearing act but the magician (Mephisto) dies in the middle of thetrick. With the wife missing, the husband embarks on a metaphysicaljourney to bring her back. Alva Entertainment will executive produce.

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Hall and Kindt are currently working on the next PISTOLWHIP graphicnovel, THE YELLOW MENACE, as well as other individual projects. You canvisit the Pistolwhip Comics Electronic Headquarters athttp://www.pistolwhipcomics.com. You can also purchase MEPHISTO AND THEEMPTY BOX and PISTOLWHIP at your local comic book shop or directly fromTop Shelf Productions at http://www.topshelfcomix.com.

… and the film rights to PISTOLWHIP are still available (as of today,anyway).

Books by Matt Kindt and Jason Hall:

MEPHISTO AND THE EMPTY BOX

-- $3.95 (US), Comic Book, 24 pages

PISTOLWHIP

-- $14.95 (US), Graphic Novel, 128 pages, ISBN: 1-891830-23-6

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PISTOLWHIP: THE YELLOW MENACE

-- The Newest Graphic Novel Ships in December!

Your friend thru comics,

Chris StarosTop Shelf Productions

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