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07/18/22 @ 11:05 am EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite



Fire and Ice returns! The beloved sword and sorcery masterpiece of artwork, animation, and storytelling is making its way back to the hearts and hands of fans thanks to a new partnership between Dynamite Entertainment, the Frazetta Girls brand, and Bakshi Productions for both new comic books and tabletop games.

With the coming 2023 marking 40 years since the 1983 release of the original film, now more than ever is the time to celebrate and continue the legacy of this innovative and memorable film. Dynamite is working alongside the Frazetta family and Bakshi Productions with talented creators to craft a truly special set of follow ups that will delight fans new and old.

“My grandpa introduced me to his film, Fire and Ice when I was in grade school," said Sara Frazetta. "Watching movies together, especially Fire and Ice, bonded our relationship. We felt the intensity of the scenes together. We were transported into the world he created. It was magical. Fire and Ice has remained in my top favorite films of all time and to be able to reignite the property with the Bakshi family and Dynamite is incredibly exciting!”

"Bakshi Productions is excited to work with the Frazetta Girls and Dynamite Comics to create new Fire & Ice media," shared Eddie Bakshi. "It is an honor to again explore the fantastic world that Frank Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi created. I know that Bakshi fans have been waiting a long time for more Fire & Ice material, and that’s what we plan to give them."

Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci added, "Fire and Ice is a seminal classic animated feature that is beloved by fans and creators alike. In having discussions with Sara Frazetta, and having brought up my love of the movie, she stated that we could have further conversations with Joe Weber, Sara Frazetta, and Eddie Bakshi to see if we could work on a creative direction that everyone would be happy with to expand on the series. It was important to all of us that we bring something new and grew the fantastic tapestry that came before. Fortunately we all agreed on the direction of the series, and are bringing the fans the back story of these incredible characters that will build on the movie. Then when the opportunity came to release a game based on the movie, that was just icing on the cake. I speak for myself and the team at Dynamite when I say that we are honored to work with the Frazetta family who are comic book royalty, and the legacy of the Bakshi family. We can't wait for fans and retailers to see the series as it's released."

A comic book series is set to debut that will serve as a prequel and continue the themes and ideas of the original film. That ended with the barbarian hero Larn and his beloved Princess Teegra embracing in their victory and survival against the fearsome evil queen Juliana and her demented son Nekron. While their mysterious ertswhile ally Darkwolf looked on from afar. Could fans get to see these characters again, or be introduced to a barbaric and fantastical cast of newcomers? These secrets will be revealed in time as the projects come to fruition.

Further creative team information will be revealed soon, but the comic series will feature a cover presenting Frank Frazetta's original masterpiece painting created for the development and eventual poster for the movie. Superstar artists with a love of the mythos will be announced closer to the solicitation date.

In addition to a thrilling comic book prequel, Fire and Ice will also be coming to gamers' tabletops! The expansive fantasy mythos and memorable characters will translate perfectly to the roleplaying sphere where these tropes are beloved by gamers who play the likes of Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder as more, with many games taking inspiration from Fire and Ice and Bakshi's other fantasy films. The exact format and design of the game is to be revealed.

Fire and Ice was the match made in heaven collaboration between Bakshi and Frazetta. The two developed the concept together and the film's art style was based on Frazetta's work, brought to life through Bakshi's animation. They then called in comics scribes and Conan the Barbarian veterans Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway to handle the script. Frazetta was then also closely involved in production, from casting to the rotoscoping filming sessions. In its day the film was heralded as if a comic book was brought to the big screen, and now Dynamite is bringing it back to some of its major inspirations in other media.

The original Fire and Ice film was directed by the master animation director Ralph Bakshi. Beyond innovative for his time, Bakshi revolutionized adult animation and techniques like rotoscoping and unique mixes of animation with live action photography. Breaking out in 1972 with his adaptation of Robert Crumb's raunchy comic feature Fritz the Cat, Bakshi would go on to create a trio of beloved sword and sorcery films in Fire and Ice, Wizards, and his adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

Frank Frazetta is considered the Godfather of fantasy art and continues to influence countless painters and illustrators to this day. Early in his career he worked in traditional comic book and strip illustration in the "Golden Age", such as a string of Shining Knight features for DC Comics. As his career progressed, he moved to a focus on painting and creating covers for classic novels, film posters, and some comic books as well. Within comics he was associated with Warren Publishing's Creepy, Eerie, and the now published by Dynamite Vampirella. His paintings on subjects like his "Death Dealer" have become iconic across merchandising and the original paintings are some of the most sought after art pieces in the world.

“I’m tremendously excited to see the return of Fire and Ice, and while I know this project will evoke powerful feelings of nostalgia to longtime Frazetta and comics fans, this world fits perfectly with the realms of fantasy that are incredibly popular right now," said editor Matt Idelson. "Really, it’s a perfect marriage."

More details will be revealed soon!
05/29/24 @ 6:04 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: MIsc

Blumhouse has made official that which is already out there: Doctor Sleep filmmaker Mike Flanagan is writing, directing and producing “a radical new take” on The Exorcist in a new film with the genre producer and Morgan Creek. This all comes in the wake of the last movie, The Exorcist: Believer, flailing at the B.O. with $65.5M U.S./Canada and $136.2M WW, this after NBCUni, Peacock, Blumhouse bought the rights from Morgan Creek back in July 2021 for $400M. David Gordon Green, the director of that movie, withdrew from the next installment. The next movie here about demon-possessed people and the Jesuit priests that wrangle them is billed as “an all-new story set in The Exorcist universe and is not a sequel to 2023’s The Exorcist: Believer” per the press release. The film will be produced by Trevor Macy on behalf of Intrepid Pictures and Flanagan via his new Red Room Pictures banner. John Scherer will also be working on the film on behalf of Intrepid. (via Deadline)

05/29/24 @ 5:59 pm EST
Source: BOOM! Studios | Categories: MIsc

BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at RARE FLAVOURS #6, the final issue of the brand new series from the Eisner, Harvey, and Ringo Award-nominated team behind the critically acclaimed series The Many Deaths of Laila Starr, writer Ram V (Detective Comics, These Savage Shores), artist Filipe Andrade (Captain Marvel), and letterer AndWorld Design, in this painstakingly prepared series for fans of food, art, and the celebration of life, available this June. Against all odds, Rubin and Mo’s documentary seems like it will finally be finished… but with Rubin nowhere to be found, just what exactly is he intending? Ram V and Filipe Andrade’s delectable story of celebrity, demons, and that indelible magic of cooking reaches its climactic final issue, with an ending that cements the book as another must-read from the Eisner, Harvey, and Ringo-Award nominated team. RARE FLAVOURS #6 features main cover art by series artist Filipe Andrade, with variants by Vincenzo Riccardi (Damn Them All) and Paul Pope (THB, Heavy Liquid). RARE FLAVOURS is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Grim by Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano; Stuff of Nightmares by R.L. Stine and A.L. Kaplan; Damn Them All by Simon Spurrier and Charlie Adlard; Once Upon a Time at the End of the World by Jason Aaron, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Leila del Duca, and Nick Dragotta; A Vicious Circle by Mattson Tomlin and Lee Bermejo; Ghostlore by Cullen Bunn and Leomacs; Sirens of the City by Joanne Starer and Khary Randolph; Coda by Simon Spurrier and Matías Bergara; Underheist by David and Maria Lapham; and Animal Pound by Tom King and Peter Gross. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Corrino from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Simone Ragazzoni; Mighty Morphin Power Rangers by Melissa Flores and Simona Di Gianfelice; and The Expanse: Dragon Tooth by Andy Diggle, Rubine, and Francesco Pisa. RARE FLAVOURS #6 will be available in comic shops June 26, 2024. It is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.

Rare Flavours #6 A Main: APR240093

Rare Flavours #6 B Variant: APR240094

Rare Flavours #6 C 1:15 INCV: APR240095

Rare Flavours #6 D Unlockable Var: APR240096

Fans and readers can purchase copies of RARE FLAVOURS SC, collecting the entire six-issue series, in comic shops on August 14, 2024 and in bookstores everywhere August 20, 2024.

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05/29/24 @ 2:31 pm EST
Source: Skybound | Categories: Skybound

Today Skybound and Image Comics announced the upcoming return of the Eisner Award nominated series Ultramega by creator, writer, and artist James Harren (BPRD, Rumble) and colorist Dave Stewart (Hellboy, Universal Monsters: Creature from the Black Lagoon Lives!). The next chapter of the critically acclaimed series that absolutely rocked the world of comics when it debuted will return to comic book shops with Ultramega #5 on September 18, 2024. Following the devastating events in volume one, Noah takes on the Ultramega mantle from his father, but will he be able to save the world...or has the world been doomed from the start? When Kaiju invaded Earth, three humans were granted the power of Ultramega to save humanity…They failed. Now, a new Ultramega has risen in this brutal world without heroes or hope. But the Kaiju Queen isn’t the only challenge he must face. Deep in the stars, they gather. Psychotic. Cold. A WORLD of ULTRAMEGA. “James is one of the most talented comic book creators working today, and with ULTRAMEGA Arc 2, he’s topped himself” said Sean Mackiewicz, SVP, Publisher, Skybound. “The second arc features fights even more colossal than the first, horror more cosmic than you can even comprehend, and a hero’s journey warped by shattered bones and hundreds of gallons of spilled blood. It’s the BEST.” The massive 72-page issue will feature a main cover by Harren & Stewart, an open to order variant cover by the legendary Mike Mignola (Hellboy) & Stewart, a 1:10 incentive black and white variant cover by Mignola, a 1:25 incentive black and white variant cover by Harren, and a blank sketch cover. Ultramega by James Harren #5 (SRP $7.99) will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, September 18, 2024.

The full list of covers is below:

Ultramega #5 Cover A by Harren & Stewart (Lunar Code Coming Soon)

Ultramega #5 Cover B by Mignola & Stewart (Lunar Code Coming Soon)

Ultramega #5 Cover C (1:10 Incentive Variant) by Mignola (Lunar Code Coming Soon)

Ultramega #5 Cover D (1:25 Incentive Variant) by Harren (Lunar Code Coming Soon)

Ultramega #5 Cover E Blank Sketch Cover (Lunar Code Coming Soon)

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05/29/24 @ 2:33 pm EST

Masters of the Universe has found its He-Man. Nicholas Galitzine, who recently starred in Amazon MGM rom-com The Idea of You, has been cast in the studio’s live-action Masters movie, which has Travis Knight set to direct. Knight will direct from a screenplay by Chris Butler. Mattel Films’ Robbie Brenner and Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are producing. Masters centers on Prince Adam of Eternia who, thanks to his Power Sword, turns into He-Man and is embued with superhuman strength and abilities, which he uses to defend his native planet and Castle Grayskull. Masters has been dated by Amazon for a worldwide theatrical release on June 5, 2026. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

05/29/24 @ 2:11 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: Sherlock Holmes

Hero Fiennes Tiffin

Prime Video has handed a series order to Young Sherlock, inspired by Andy Lane’s critically acclaimed Young Sherlock Holmes book series, starring Hero Fiennes Tiffin in the title role. Guy Ritchie is set to direct and executive produce the eight-episode series, which will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. Written and executive produced by showrunner Matthew Parkhill (Deep State, Rogue), Young Sherlock is touted as an irreverent, action-packed origin story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved detective in an explosive re-imagining of this iconic character. At age 19, Sherlock Holmes is disgraced, raw, unfiltered, and unformed, when he finds himself caught up in a murder mystery at Oxford University which threatens his freedom. Diving into his first-ever case with a wild lack of discipline, Sherlock manages to unravel a globe-trotting conspiracy that will change his life forever. (via Deadline)

05/28/24 @ 10:22 pm EST
Source: Hollywood Reporter | Categories: MIsc

Knives Out 3' Adds Andrew Scott to Cast

Rian Johnson's third Knives Out movie is continuing to expand its cast. Andrew Scott joins the growing list of performers for the latest film in the crime franchise, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed. Last week, director Johnson announced the movie’s title as Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery. Scott joins previously confirmed castmembers Daniel Craig, Josh O’Connor and Cailee Spaeny in the project that counts Johnson and Ram Bergman as producers. Netflix announced last week that the third film will follow a new murder mystery in a yet-to-be-disclosed setting and will feature another colorful array of suspects catching the attention of returning detective Benoit Blanc (Craig).

05/28/24 @ 10:17 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: MIsc

Headshot of Adria Arjona

The cast of Ed Brubaker’s graphic novel-based series Criminal is coming together with the addition of Adria Arjona (Hit Man, Andor) in a series regular role. She joins the previously-announced Richard Jenkins. Criminal is an interlocking universe of crime stories based on the multi-Eisner Award-winning graphic novel series created by Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Arjona will bring to life Greta, a sharp-tongued top-level car thief and driver and the widowed mother of Angie. Ever since her husband died in a bank job gone bad, Greta has been battling with herself about how to escape the only life she’s ever known – and the only place she’s ever thrived. The problem is, she’s good at this. She’s looking for a big score, a lump of money she can use like a gun to shoot her and Angie out of this life and into another one. Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden are confirmed to direct the first four episodes. (via Deadline)

05/28/24 @ 1:45 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: DC

Colin Farrell in 'The Penguin'

Sky has swooped for The Penguin. Max‘s Warner Bros. Television and DC Studios drama series starring Colin Farrell as the titular character will air day-and-date with the pay-TV network in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy, in one of Sky’s biggest deals in recent months, which was struck at the LA Screenings. Launching later this year on Max and created by Lauren LeFranc, The Penguin sees Farrell reprise his role as the Gotham City gangster from Matt Reeves‘ The Batman. Cast also includes Theo Rossi, Cristin Milioti, Rhenzy Feliz, Michael Kelly, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Deirdre O’Connell, Clancy Brown, and Michael Zegen. The series will launch in the fall on Max, Sky Atlantic and Sky streamer Now. Based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, The Penguin is produced by Reeves’ 6th & Idaho Productions and Dylan Clark Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, where Reeves and 6th & Idaho are under an overall deal. The series is executive produced by Reeves, Dylan Clark, Farrell, Bill Carraro and Daniel Pipski. LeFranc is writer and showrunner. Craig Zobel directs the first three episodes. (via Deadline)

05/28/24 @ 1:19 pm EST
Source: ComicBook | Categories: Marvel

Check Out These Images For X-MEN '97

ComicBook's Phase Zero podcast has spoken with X-Men '97 director Jake Castorena about the wild Season 1 finale of the animated series and the wait for another season. He has confirmed Marvel Studios is already hard at work on another batch of mutant adventures, but that no one is trying to rush things after the well-received first salvo of X-Men '97. While fans and critics have been lauding the work of showrunner Beau DeMayo and his team, people must realize that Marvel was working on X-Men '97 for multiple years before the animated series took Disney+ by storm. (via ComicBook.com)

Check out what else the creative had to say during the Phase Zero interview: https://youtu.be/3EnUoz4BIFY

05/28/24 @ 12:58 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: MIsc

James Ward Byrkit, Kate Andrews

Director James Ward Byrkit and producer Kate Andrews (It’s What’s Inside) are developing a feature follow-up to Coherence, the sci-fi thriller co-written, directed and executive produced by Byrkit, which has garnered a cult following since its release to critical acclaim in 2013. Plot details are being kept under lock and key — including whether the new film will be a prequel, sequel, or a different story entirely. Byrkit will be at the helm as director and will also pen the script with his co-story writing partner Alex Manugian from the original film. Andrews will produce under her Boldly Go Productions following the sale of her first film It’s What’s Inside to Netflix for a festival high $17 million at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Starring Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon and more, 2013's Coherence watches as eight friends at a dinner party experience a disturbing chain of reality-bending events when a comet passes by, unraveling hidden truths and testing their grasp on reality. (via Deadline)

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