Rymer is currently filming the series finale of “Battlestar Galatica” and recently wrapped production on the 2-hour series pilot for “Revolution” for NBC Universal Media Studios and the SciFi 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 possess 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 thriller”, 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.
“Michael’s ability and sensibility gives us complete confidence that we’ll have a great movie to sell around the world” said Arclight Films’ Hamilton. “As a fellow Aussie, I’ve wanted to work with Michael for a long time.”
“Witchblade is a unique opportunity for the genre,” said Marc Silvestri, CEO of Top Cow. “Rymer has the right stuff to bring Sarah Pezzini to life in a fantastical way that satisfies the core audience and introduces the Witchblade to so many more.”
Platinum Studios’ film and TV division has various other properties in development at major film studios, including “Atlantis Rising” at DreamWorks with Kurtzman/Orci (“Transformers”) set to produce, “Cowboys and Aliens” also at Dreamworks with Kurtzman/Orci partnering with Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, and “Unique” at Walt Disney Pictures. Platinum Studio’s also recently announced its partnering with Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures to co-develop the upcoming graphic novel thriller, “Final Orbit”.
Top Cow’s TV series Witchblade, which was TNT’s #1 original show of 2000, is set to have the 2001-2002 episodes released on DVD on July 29, 2008. Additionally, Top Cow has turned Wanted, an award winning series created by Mark Millar and JG Jones and published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, into a major motion picture that was released on June 27, 2008 by Universal Pictures. The film stars Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman and is directed by Timur Bekmanbetov.
“Witchblade”, which is the cornerstone of the current Arclight Films production slate is anticipated to be shot late this year.
Rymer’s deal was negotiated by his agent Michael Lewis at Michael Lewis & Associates, his attorney Craig Emanuel at Loeb & Loeb and his manager Margaret Riley at Brillstein Entertainment Partners.