Platinum Studios and The Shop Prods. have chosen Alan McElroy (SPAWN) to write the screenplay for the $18 million budgeted first ever CG theatrical horror feature, BONESAW, based on the Platinum Studios graphic novel by acclaimed Scots writer Rob Moran. Relativity Management, one of Hollywood's leading talent management firms, will be co-financing the picture and is arranging the international elements. Production is set to begin in early 2006, and be completed fall 2007. McElroy will be splitting his time between his Ohio home and the Vancouver production offices of BONESAW.
This comes on the heels of Platinum and The Shop's recent announcement that they were producing the first CGI thriller, DYLAN DOG: THE FOURTH KINGDOM, entering pre-production in June.
"I couldn't think of anyone better to write what will be the first commercially released animated horror movie," said Platinum chairman Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. "We believe that BONESAW will be the first horror movie that really takes advantage of the stunning possibilities of CGI."
BONESAW is about a horror-fantasy writer who discovers that her hit novels are about to release the villain Bonesaw and the other hellish creatures she's been writing about into our world.
"BONESAW will do for animation what SIN CITY has done for live action; set a new paradigm for visual style. This represents another chance for us to redefine what CGI storytelling is all about and to show the world how far you can go," said The Shop's co-founder Ian Pearson.
"Producing a CG horror movie on a live action horror budget is brilliant," said Relativity ceo Ryan Kavanaugh. "BONESAW and Platinum's upcoming CG thriller DYLAN DOG: THE FOURTH KINGDOM, both based on comics, are already looking strong across the markets."
Producing alongside Platinum's Rosenberg will be Pearson and Aaron L. Gilbert, co-founders of The Shop. Platinum's director of development, Aaron Severson, and director of production, Jay Burns, will co-produce.
Platinum Studios has a successful record of acquiring valuable comic properties and developing them for television and film. The company brought Belgium graphic novel series JEREMIAH to TV screens with a 35-hour maxi-series starring Luke Perry and Sean Astin and is currently working on a feature film prequel. Other properties in development include COWBOYS & ALIENS at Sony, UNIQUE at Disney, MAL CHANCE at Miramax, STORM at The Shop, DEAD OF NIGHT from SAHARA writers Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, a 10 Picture $200 Million slate with Gold Circle and recent rights acquisition of Europe's largest creator-owned comic book syndicate, Hexagon Comics.
Hexagon Comics is France's largest independent library of creator-owned properties. The acquisition added thousands of stories and an additional 500 characters, such as the STRANGERS, a superhero comic that has recently been reproduced in the United States by Image Comics; WAMPUS, a shape-shifting alien (banned in the 60s by the French government for being too scary); and KABUR, a sword-wielding barbarian in a land of magic.
Platinum Studios (www.platinumstudios.com) is an entertainment company that controls the world's 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 that have appeared in hundreds of millions of comics worldwide.