Platinum Studios and Top Cow Prods. Inc. announced a deal in which Dimension Films has acquired the exclusive rights to develop Top Cows THE DARKNESS as a live-action feature film. THE DARKNESS is the first film deal between Platinum and Top Cow, following Platinums acquisition of the film and television rights to Top Cows comic book library this past July.
I was hoping to celebrate closing the full paperwork of our Platinum/Top Cow deal by year end Im thrilled that, instead, the celebration is now about setting up such a high profile project this soon, said Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, chairman of Platinum Studios. The Top Cow library and Platinum Studios library complement each other well, allowing us greater potential than ever before. THE DARKNESS is just one of many franchises we plan to build together.
Both creatively and from a business standpoint, Platinum Studios is a great collaborator, said Andrew Gumpert, evp of business and legal affairs at Dimension. We went from story pitch to signing the documents in just a couple of business days.
Platinum Studios has a unique way of developing that really works for us and is respectful to our creators, said Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri. The company found the feature film potential of The Darkness, while preserving the integrity of the comics characters and storyline.
THE DARKNESS, created by Marc Silvestri, Garth Ennis and David Wohl, is one of todays hottest comic book properties, with print sales topping $25 million. Its huge popularity has even prompted inter-company crossovers, the latest with SUPERMAN in a two-issue series shipping this month.
Rosenberg and Silvestri will be co-exec producers with Matt Hawkins. Aaron Severson, and Jay Burns will serve as an associate producers for the project.
Platinum Studios (www.platinumstudios.com) is an entertainment company that controls the worlds largest independent library of comic book characters, which it adapts and produces for film, television and all other media. Platinum Studios library contains more than 2,000 characters and a full range of genres and styles.
Top Cow was founded in December 1992 and currently publishes its line of comicbooks in 21 languages in more than 55 different countries. Virtually all of Top Cows other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television or animation.