Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Legendary Pictures Does Comic Books as Legendary Comics

Those who know of Legendary Pictures have probably heard of this American media company and film production company because of its association with Warner Bros. Pictures.  Legendary Pictures has co-produced and co-financed a number of films with Warner Bros. including all three of Chris Nolan's Batman films, The Hangover movies, and the international box office hit, 300, among others.

I had no idea that there was another part to this media company, Legendary Comics.  This comic book division of Legendary Pictures has already published Frank Miller's graphic novel, Holy Terror.  This week sees the release of its latest comic book effort, the first in a series of graphic novels called The Tower Chronicles.  The following is some press information about the first volume:

On Wednesday, September 26th, Legendary Comics releases The Tower Chronicles: Geisthawk - Volume 1. Written by Matt Wagner (Grendel and Mage), developed with Thomas Tull (300 and The Dark Knight), and featuring art by Simon Bisley (Lobo, 200 AD), The Tower Chronicles is the tale of John Tower, a supernatural bounty hunter. His missions lead him into mankind's most dangerous places to banish poltergeists, demons, and other supernatural evils that plague his “sometimes respectable” patrons.

Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television (Legendary Television) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary is building a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world's most popular intellectual property.

Among the wholly-owned projects that Legendary Pictures is currently developing in-house are the upcoming Seventh Son, directed by Sergei Bodrov; the Jackie Robinson biopic 42; an adaptation of the phenomenally successful interactive game universe Warcraft; Godzilla, based on Toho Company’s famed character; Warren Ellis’ Gravel; and Mass Effect, based on Electronic Arts’ and BioWare’s hit videogame franchise.

Upcoming Legendary releases with partner Warner Bros. include the highly anticipated Pacific Rim, as well as Hangover 3, Man of Steel, Jack the Giant Killer, 300: Battle of Artemisium, and this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises. Previous successful Legendary and Warner Bros. releases include the critically acclaimed Inception, which has been a box office smash grossing more than $823 million worldwide, as well as the global blockbusters The Hangover, Parts I and II (over $1 billion worldwide total), Clash of the Titans ($493 million worldwide), The Dark Knight ($1 billion worldwide), and 300 ($456 million worldwide).

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