Monday, February 16, 2015

Fox Television Studios Teams With New Regency Television to Adapt Enormous


If there's a near future where the world isn't suffering from some sort of massive calamity, it's not really visited that often in media. Most of our future as humanity looks pretty bleak and Enormous isn't shying away from it either. It is entertaining, prompting Fox Television Studios and New Regency Television to partner up on an adaptation of the property. 20th Century Fox Television and New Regency Television are teaming up with producer Adrian Askarieh's Prime Universe Films to embark on the development of an event-series based on the best-selling action/horror comic book Enormous from publisher 215 Ink.

Set in the near future, the comic book series finds the world suffering a planetary resource crisis when a vast ecological cataclysm spawns The Enormous, massive beasts unlike anything ever witnessed. Displaced from atop the food-chain, humankind struggles to stave off extinction, and a shattered society scrambles for refuge in the wake of the monstrous rampage. Amid the ashes of Phoenix, Ariz., Ellen Grace, a former school teacher who lost everything and everyone she loved in the uprising, leads a search and rescue team into the ruins of the city in hopes of locating children orphaned by the cataclysm. But not all the remaining humans seek salvation, and in a world dominated by monsters, man is still the most dangerous animal of all.

Enormous originally debuted as an oversized one-shot graphic novella in 2012 and later served as the basis for a groundbreaking live-action short web film from Machinima – written by André Øvredal, directed by BenDavid Grabinski and produced by Askarieh's Prime Universe Films, Pure Imagination Studios and Machinima. Full press release below.
Fox Television Studios and New Regency Television take on ‘Enormous’ Adaptation
The Sell-out Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour survival horror comic book eyed as a major-event series. 
20th Century Fox Television and New Regency Television are teaming up with producer Adrian Askarieh's Prime Universe Films to embark on the development of an event-series based on the best-selling action/horror comic book “Enormous” from publisher 215 Ink. (Enormous Vol.1 still available for order from Diamond - Previews code JAN151627)
Set in the near future, the comic book series finds the world suffering a planetary resource crisis when a vast ecological cataclysm spawns The Enormous, massive beasts unlike anything ever witnessed. Displaced from atop the food-chain, humankind struggles to stave off extinction, and a shattered society scrambles for refuge in the wake of the monstrous rampage.
Amid the ashes of Phoenix, Ariz., Ellen Grace, a former school teacher who lost everything and everyone she loved in the uprising, leads a search and rescue team into the ruins of the city in hopes of locating children orphaned by the cataclysm. But not all the remaining humans seek salvation, and in a world dominated by monsters, man is still the most dangerous animal of all.
“Enormous” debuted to critical praise in July 2014 and has achieved repeated release-day sellouts in its first six issues, with the first issue requiring a second printing. Strong secondary-market sales have driven interest in the series that continues to defy industry sales trends, with the final issue of the first arc outselling the initial offering.
Andrew Poltkin of New Regency Television and Adrian Askarieh of Prime Universe Films will serve as executive producers for the series. The search is on for a top show-runner. 
“Enormous” originally debuted as an oversized one-shot graphic novella in 2012 and later served as the basis for a groundbreaking live-action short web filmfrom Machinima – written by André Øvredal, director of “Trollhunter;” directed by BenDavid Grabinski,  and produced by Askarieh's Prime Universe Films, Pure Imagination Studios and Machinima.
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New Regency has a long history in television dating back to its Joint Venture with Fox Television Studios that produced such hits as Malcolm in the Middle and The Bernie Mac Show. The company’s current television efforts are headed by EVP Andrew Plotkin through an overall deal with Fox Television Studios. New Regency Television has projects in development with most of the major network and SVOD outlets. Regency is setting out to bring to television the same quality and diversity of programs that the company has so successfully brought to film. Through the same talent-driven, hands-on approach that has elevated the company’s film business, New Regency Television will continue in the tradition of producing premium entertainment for all audiences.
Prime Universe Films, Adrian Askarieh's vision to develop and produce high-concept feature films based on branded video game and comic book properties with broad international appeal led to the 2007 theatrical release of Eidos Interactive’s multi-million selling video game Hitman from 20th Century Fox . Adrian is currently in post-production on the Hitman reboot “Agent 47” starring Rupert Friend (Homeland) and Zach Quinto (Heroes, Star Trek). Additional slate of properties currently in development include, Kane & LynchDeus Ex: Human Revolution, the best selling Image comic book series Hack/Slash and beloved classic Hanna Barbera cartoon, Johnny Quest.
Tim Daniel, is an American comic book writer, best known for his work as the co-creator and writer of EnormousBurning FieldsCurse, (Boom! Studios) and Skinned (Monkeybrain).
Mehdi Cheggour, is a Moroccan-born illustrator best known as the co-creator and illustrator of Enormous. His art has also graced the covers of other notable titles such as GodzillaJinnriseMorning Glories, and Southern Dog. 

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