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Pure Imagination Inks Development Deal for William Shatner’s ‘TekWar’

Mixed reality adult animated series, based on the famed actor and author’s sci-fi thriller franchise, will use new technologies to invite viewers to immerse themselves in a real-time multiverse and join the narrative.

Pure Imagination Studios is teaming up with Shatner Universe to develop and produce a mixed reality adult animated series based on William Shatner’s science fiction thriller “TekWar.” The franchise began as a bestselling book series as well as a popular live-action television series featuring Shatner; the “TekWar” universe also includes a comic book series and a video game. Matt Michnovetz (24, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) will develop and write the series.

TekWar, is based on Shatner’s series of detective novels, published in 1989. The novels are set in the year 2043, 54 years into the future. They tell the story of a former detective in futuristic Los Angeles who is framed for the crime of dealing an illegal mind-altering drug in the form of a bio-digital microchip. It poses a great threat to humanity and has the potential to become a virus that will lead to an unrecoverable future. 

The property has been conceptualized as a mixed-reality animated series where viewers can interact with the show via various forms of technology such as mobile, tablets or wearable devices. The series can be viewed stand alone, but by immersing themselves into the show, it’s characters and technology, viewers can become part of the narrative. 

“We are very excited to work with the legendary William Shatner to reimagine the world of ‘TekWar’ at a post-pandemic time,” noted Pure Imagination’s chief content officer John P. Roberts. “’TekWar’ was truly ahead of its time envisioning a future filled with AI and the world of simulated reality. It’s becoming our reality now and we’re excited to build a storyverse around it.” 

“We want to do something that hasn’t been done before,” added Pure Imagination’s chief executive of fun Joshua Wexler. “Who better to do that with than one of the greatest legends in the sci-fi universe. The world and story of ‘TekWar’ transcends traditional linear media and has the potential to be experienced on multiple entertainment platforms, some that exist today and some we’ll have to invent, and we can’t wait to get started.” 

Actor, director, author and singer Shatner, who is best known for his roles on Boston Legal and Star Trek, remarked, “My association with Pure Imagination is beyond my sheer imagination. Imagine bringing to life this wonderful character in a variety of ways, so technologically advanced. This is the future, and I am looking forward to it."

Source: Pure Imagination Studios

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