Official Press Release
LOS ANGELES / VANCOUVER - (December 15, 2004) - Platinum Studios, an entertainment company that controls the world's largest independent library of comic book characters, and Relativity Management, one of Hollywood's leading talent management firms, have selected The Shop Animation Studios, an innovative feature-film production company specializing in computer-animation to develop and co-produce "Dylan Dog: The Fourth Kingdom". The feature film, which is based on the Italian comic book series "Dylan Dog", will be the first computer animated thriller.
Relativity is concluding foreign sales components for the film, with discussions underway with different domestic studios for distribution. The film is scheduled to start production in March 2005 at The Shop in Vancouver.
"The Shop knows how to push boundaries on both style and efficiency -- a very rare combination," said Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, chairman of Platinum Studios which includes "Dylan Dog" in its vast library of titles. "With The Shop as our theatrical animation partners, starting with Dylan, we have the resources to brand our characters worldwide by utilizing our digital assets for games, licensing and all other media."
Ian Pearson, co-founder of The Shop, will direct, based on a script he co-wrote with long-time creative partner Gavin Blair. This is Pearson's first major creative endeavor since stepping down as the president and CEO of Mainframe Entertainment, where he created and/or produced such award-winning projects as "Reboot," "Barbie in the Nutcracker," "Action Man," "War Planets" and "Weird-Ohs."
"For years I've been trying to find the right character to tell a more mature story using animation and Dylan Dog is the perfect vehicle," said Pearson. "Although it has a lot of humor, Dylan is a much darker animated feature. It will surprise the animation audience."
"Dylan Dog: The Fourth Kingdom" follows the latest case of Dylan Dog, an investigator of nightmares. Dylan must stop a supernatural serial killer intent on becoming a new deity and ruler of "The Fourth Kingdom," a new afterlife. If Dylan fails, the current love of his life will die and the forces of heaven and hell may unleash Armageddon upon the Earth. The Shop's president and co-founder, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Rosenberg are producing, with Ryan Kavanaugh, Relativity's CEO, serving as executive producer with Ervin Rustemagic.
"Dylan is one of those rare opportunities when a project has global commercial appeal and a unique story," said Kavanaugh. "It is perhaps one of the most well branded properties in the world and Pearson and Blair have written a compelling story which combined with The Shop's production and technical team, we will deliver a stunning film unlike any other animated feature for audiences around the world."
Created by Tiziano Sclavi, "Dylan Dog", has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide since its debut in 1985. The comic from the Platinum Studios library, is part of Italian publisher Bonelli Editore's universe of characters, which combined have amassed sales of several hundred million dollars worldwide.
"We created The Shop to make computer-animation accessible to a broader audience," said Gilbert. "It's time to go in different directions with the stories being told. Starting with Dylan Dog, we are targeting a more mature, visually literate audience, and providing content for the gamer generation."
About Relativity Management
In groundbreaking fashion, Relativity Management is the first company to blend talent management, production and venture capital as its core businesses. With millions secured for some of Hollywood's A-list talent and production firms, Relativity focuses on bridging an inherent gap that existed between the worlds of traditional finance and independent Hollywood production. Relativity represents the career interests of high-profile directors, producers, writers, and entertainment companies. Relativity's client list to date includes such notable production companies as, Mark Canton's Atmosphere Entertainment, Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney's Section Eight Productions, Company Films, Exception Wild Bunch and Dean Zanuck's DFZ Productions. Relativity just completed executive producing Land of The Dead which marks the come back of guru horror film director George Romero. Land of The Dead is set to open in theaters Halloween of 2005.
About Platinum Studios
Founded by Rosenberg in 1997, Platinum Studios is an entertainment company that controls the world's largest independent library of comic book characters, which it adapts and produces for film, television and all other media. Platinum Studios' library contains more than 2,000 characters and a full range of genres and styles in 100's of millions of comics in over 50 countries. Currently Platinum has motion pictures in development with leading studios such as Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, Miramax Films, DreamWorks, and Rosenberg's Malibu Comics has the "Men in Black" franchise still growing at Sony.
About The Shop Animation Studios
The Shop is an independent feature-film production company specializing in creating, developing, and producing computer-animated content for theatrical distribution in 35mm, Digital Hi-Def and large format 70mm stereoscopic (IMAX). Founded by Ian Pearson and Aaron L. Gilbert, The Shop boasts a superior team of proven computer animators, visual effect artists and experienced film executives with a history of running multi-million dollar companies. The team has created and/or produced award winning animated projects for such toy companies as Hasbro, Mattel, Bandai, and Irwin, while producing animation such companies as; ABC, Fox Kids, Fox Family, YTV, Sony, MTV, 4 Kids, and Artisan. Their technical support staff have worked on such high-profile projects as; A Perfect Storm, Dreamcatcher, Mission to Mars, Spielberg's Taken, The Outer Limits and Smallville.