The success of Ray Harryhausen Presents: THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, a short stop-motion animated film produced by Hand Made Heroes Film & Television has resulted in a comic book deal with Bluewater Productions. The comic will arrive in February, 2009.
When Bluewater President Darren G. Davis and Director Marc Lougee of Hand Made Heroes discovered they were both producing work independently under the Ray Harryhausen Presents banner, Bluewater penned a deal with Lougee to further develop film and comic book cross-over properties.
THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM film has screened in more than 200 film festivals and comic conventions around the world including AFI Dallas and San Diego Comic-Con. Nearly 100,000 visitors logged into the film's website within two days of the film's premier in Austin, TX, and has continued to garner a global fan following.
"Seeing the film published as a comic through a brilliant publisher like Bluewater is the realization of another dream of mine," said Lougee, "What started as a labor of love, and a once in a lifetime chance to make a film with Ray Harryhausen at the helm, has just continued to expand and reach further than I'd imagined."
Producer Susan Ma said the soon-to-be-released comic book is a wonderful extension of the film. "In producing the film, we sought to bring the story to life for a broad audience, while staying as close to the original story as possible. Executive producer Ray Harryhausen was especially keen to see the story develop with a strong visual aesthetic and real storytelling. In bringing the film version into the realm of comic books, I feel we're accomplishing the goal of making the story very accessible. We've been surprised with wonderful feedback from teachers and professors who are thrilled to have a resource like the film to teach Poe's works in class."
In THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, a victim of the Spanish Inquisition is brought before a tribunal. Condemned and alone, he's left to suffer a fate worse than death as his captors employ fiendish machinations in their efforts to unhinge him.
Featuring images taken directly from the award-winning animated film and coupled with Poe's original text, the graphic version of the story in comic book form ratchets up the effect of Poe's tale of Gothic Horror, creating a spine-tingling experience not to be missed.
THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM comic book is scheduled for release in February 2009. The PIT AND THE PENDULUM DVD is available online at www.thepitandthependulumdshortfilm.com