Two Witchblade Films in the Works
December 13, 2005
Platinum Studios, IDG Films and Relativity Media are financing and producing two back-to-back features based on comic book series Witchblade, reports Variety. Filming is set to begin late next year in China. No writer or director is yet attached.
Platinum is producing through its partnership with independent comic book publisher Top Cow Productions, which holds the rights to Witchblade.
The comic follows the story of a female detective who comes into possession of a mystical and powerful weapon that she uses to battle crime and evil. During its brief run as a TV show, Witchblade became the most successful original series in TNT's history.
IDG Films, a division of technology media company Intl. Data Group, is putting up 50%-60% of the total production budget for the two feature films, which is estimated at roughly $40 million. Arclight Films will handle foreign sales.
Producers are Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh and Lynwood Spinks, Platinum chair Scott Mitchell Rosenberg -- who brought the "Men in Black" franchise to Sony -- and IDG Films' Steven Squillante and David Lee. Top Cow founder Mark Silvestri and Arclight's Gary Hamilton and Harrison Kordestani executive produce. Co-producing are Top Cow's Matt Hawkins and Platinum execs Jay Burns and Aaron Severson.