Steven Paul’s SP Media Group is buying a majority stake within the Atlas Comics library and has signed a first-look take care of Paramount Photos to develop, finance, produce and distribute superhero and different movies based mostly on the comedian books. SP Media has additionally signed up screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“Batman Eternally”) and his Weed Street Photos to supervise a writers’ room to develop tales and characters.
The Atlas library is being acquired debt free from present proprietor Nemesis Group and its principal Jason Goodman. He’s the grandson of Martin Goodman, founding father of Marvel Comics, which was later run by cousin Stan Lee.
Atlas’ historical past is tied up with Well timed Comics and Marvel. Within the 1950s, it ceased publishing superhero tales and expanded into different genres, together with horror, crime and humor. Main characters and tales as we speak embody Wulf, Iron Jaw, Son of Dracula, Brute, Texas Child and Dopey Duck. It later restarted with superheroes.
Monetary particulars of the transaction weren’t disclosed. The deal took a number of years to barter.
Paul stated that the writers room will put together ten story outlines from which the primary tasks can be chosen for improvement and manufacturing. “We don’t but know what our flagship character can be. We goal to generate materials that can entice prime expertise,” stated Scott Karol, SP Media Group’s president.
The plan is to place the primary movie into manufacturing in 2020, for supply in 2021. Thereafter at the very least one movie per yr is meant to circulation from the deal.
Budgets will begin at $60 million and will attain “superhero stage.” SP and Paramount will each contribute financing. Paramount is anticipated to personal rights in North America and SP maintain worldwide, although the movie rights can be collectively exploited worldwide, Paul informed Selection.
“Mental property of this type is difficult to return by these days,” stated Andrew Gumpert, COO at Paramount Photos. “We’re excited to be working with Steven Paul and SP Media Group to deliver the long-lasting Atlas comedian e book library to the large display screen.”
Manufacturing on the primary mission is anticipated to start throughout the second quarter of 2020, with a launch in 2021. The businesses intend to provide and launch at the very least one superhero mission every year thereafter. The movies can be produced by Paul, Goldsman and Atlas’ president of manufacturing, Spike Seldin (“The A-Workforce”). Improvement for Atlas can be supervised by Seldin. Greg Lessans will supervise for Weed Street.
Goodman will keep a monetary curiosity within the new Atlas firm. He can be head of publishing, and concerned in all future movie and tv productions, serving as govt producer on all movies. Karol may even govt produce.