Platinum Studios (Cowboys & Aliens) and Practical Pictures (“American Pie”) are teaming up to bring Alien at Large to theaters. Here is the press release:
Platinum Studios, Inc., an entertainment company that controls an international library of more than 5,000 comic book characters which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media, and Practical Pictures, producer of the “American Pie” and “Final Destination” franchises, announced today that they are jointly developing the Platinum Studios graphic novel “Alien At Large” as a feature film.
Platinum’s Chairman and CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg produced this summer’s tentpole feature, “Cowboys & Aliens.” Practical Pictures — comprised of partners Craig Perry and Sheila Hanahan Taylor — is currently in production for Universal Pictures on “American Reunion,” a new theatrical chapter of the “American Pie” franchise featuring the original cast. Practical Pictures also produced this summer’s “Final Destination 5,” to be released on August 12th, 2011 via Warner Bros. and New Line.
“Alien At Large” tells the story of Earth’s first interstellar ambassador, who is not the brightest star in the galaxy. Although he means well, he has the uncanny ability to turn a harmless situation into utter catastrophe. Yet his bumbling might just save our planet, as his arrival unwittingly disrupts a nefarious alien conspiracy. The graphic novel was created and written by Bob Keenan.
A feature film version of “Cowboys & Aliens,” starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man 1 & 2″), executive produced by Steven Spielberg and produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Rosenberg will be released in North America on July 29, 2011 via DreamWorks and Universal Pictures with Paramount Pictures handling the international release of the picture.
“Alien At Large” is just one of the properties Platinum Studios controls among a multi-universe library of over 5,000 comic characters. While other large comics-based libraries are already spoken for, Platinum Studios remains independent of major entertainment studio affiliation. Marvel was acquired by Disney for $4 Billion, and is the second major comic library to be acquired by a Hollywood studio after DC Comics, which is owned by Warner Bros.