Darkwoods Prod., the production house of SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION director Frank Darabont, has signed on with Himani Original Prod. to develop a CG-animated feature film, animated TV series, comic books and video games based on Bernie Wrightson's (SWAMP THING) comic book character Captain Sternn. The character originally appeared in HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE and made an appearance in the 1981 animated cult flick HEAVY METAL. Also attached to the project are writer David J. Schow (THE CROW) and Himani president/founder Kevin Kutchaver (HERCULES, XENA) as director of animation.
Wrightson said, "Captain Sternn has been very close to my heart for more than twenty years, and now seeing him come to life is a real thrill!"
Darabont said, "Wrightson rules! I love Captain Sternn, and am thrilled to be a part of this!"
Kutchaver added, "Being a big fan of Bernie's work for years, I love the idea of seeing Captain Sternn living and breathing and conning a whole new generation of fans."
Describbed as part Han Solo and part James Garner in THE GREAT ESCAPE, Captain Sternn is a lovable, rule-bending conniver and cheat who, might not even be a real captain. He debuted in the June 1980 issue HEAVY METAL, and returned in an award-winning five-issue comic book series published in 1993 by Kitchen Sink Press, entitled, RUNNING OUT OF TIME.
Founded in 2001 in Burbank, California, Himani Prod. Inc, is comprised of two divisions, Himani Visual Effects and Himani Original Prod. Himani Visual Effects is a boutique visual effects design and production company specializing in the creation of original effects for feature films, television projects and home entertainment releases. Himani Original Prod is a scripting and visual development firm specializing in fantasy, science-fiction, horror and action/adventure properties. For more information contact Himani at (818) 567-4128.