NEW YORK, NY— August 19, 2011 – Marcus Nispel, the director of this weekend’s new “Conan the Barbarian” film and the previous remakes of “Friday the 13th” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” announced today he will be launching a new comic book series entitled, “The Chosen,” with Liquid Comics.
"I like movies that turn into graphic novels and graphic novels that turn into movies. Everything I direct starts with illustrations...the pictures tell the story. Liquid makes movies on paper!” commented Nispel.
The Chosen is a high-octane action thriller about a Detroit kid, the least likely candidate to be the latest reincarnation of an Eastern spiritual master whose tradition goes back for generations. Despite all outward contradictions, the teen’s powers – refined over centuries worth of incarnations – start to manifest in him and propel him onto a journey that starts in the Urban grit of Detroit’s 8 Mile and take him all the way to the even grittier underground gangland of Mumbai.
The graphic novel story was created by Nispel and Liquid Co-Founders, Gotham Chopra and Sharad Devarajan and is based on an original film treatment Nispel has been developing to direct.
“Marcus’ vision of a muscled up Kung Fu has been something I’ve loved since the moment he first told me the story. The Master-Apprentice narrative from King Arthur to John Connor is a formula that works and with Marcus onboard something wildly creative is emerging,” commented series editor, Chopra.
Liquid will launch an initial three-issue comic book series starting in February 2012 in print and digital formats for the iPad, iPhone and other mobile devices.
“Marcus is one of the most creative and dynamic filmmakers in entertainment today. We are thrilled to help make his vision for ‘The Chosen’ a reality and work with him to bring the story beyond the printed page and onto the big screen,” added Liquid’s CEO, Devarajan.
ABOUT LIQUID COMICS:
Liquid Comics is a digital entertainment company focused on creating cinematic and mythic graphic novel stories with filmmakers, creators and storytellers. The company was founded by entrepreneurs, Gotham Chopra, Sharad Devarajan and Suresh Seetharaman anduses the medium of digital graphic novel publishing to develop properties for theatrical live-action films, animation and video games. Liquid has created and is creating original graphic novels with acclaimed filmmakers and talents including John Woo, Guy Ritchie, Shekhar Kapur, Deepak Chopra, Dave Stewart, Jonathan Mostow, Edward Burns, Nicolas Cage, John Moore, Wes Craven, Barry Sonnenfeld and others. The Company currently has a number of film and television projects in development including Gamekeeper with director Guy Ritchie; Virulents with director John Moore; Voodoo Child with Nicolas Cage and Reliance; The Leaves with Summit Entertainment; and First Family in development at FremantleMedia Enterprises. www.LiquidComics.com