Platinum Studios, Inc., an entertainment company that controls an international library of more than 5,600 comic book characters which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media, in conjunction with Top Cow Productions, an entertainment company specializing in building intellectual properties through comic book and graphic novel publication, and Arclight Films, today announced that director Michael Rymer, who helped reimagine TV’s “Battlestar Galactica,” is set to direct and co-produce Witchblade, an in-development feature film based on the best-selling action fantasy thriller comic book from Top Cow which has sold over 100 million units worldwide since its #1 debut in 1995.
Rymer is currently filming the series finale of “Battlestar Galactica” and recently wrapped production on the 2-hour series pilot for “Revolution” for NBC Universal Media Studios and the SCI FI Channel. The exact story line and nature of the script is being kept under wraps but will stay true to the “Witchblade” mythology which centers around an ornate, jewel-encrusted gauntlet that gives superpowers to the wearer, a chosen female bearer of each generation, who possesses it.
“Michael Rymer is one of those creative forces who can blend myth, legend, iconic visuals and dramatic story into edge-of-your-seat action thrillers,” said Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Chairman and CEO of Platinum Studios. “I believe that Michael’s instincts with this character and world are spot on.”
“‘Witchblade’ is an opportunity to break some new ground to approach a comic book adaptation in a very different way,” said Michael Rymer. “While I am excited by the opportunity, I am intensely protective of the fans’ expectation of this comic-to-film adaptation.”
In addition to Rymer, Gary Hamilton, CEO of Arclight Films, Nigel Odell, head of Arclight’s production operations, Platinum Studios’ Rosenberg and Steve Squillante of Havenwood Media are all set to produce. Top Cow’s CEO Marc Silvestri and President Matt Hawkins would serve as executive producers as would Platinum Studios’ Rich Marincic. Former Universal Pictures senior executive Randy Greenberg of The Greenberg Group, would also executive produce.