SOURCE: California Pictures
LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 16, 2012) - California Pictures has inked a more expanded deal with M2's Adam Martin and Eben Matthews and their producing partner, Geller Entertainment Group's D. Matt Geller and Adam Lerner to exploit the widely-popular graphic novel property, Boondock Saints. The plan is to produce a series of motion comics for multiple platforms. Jason Leibovitch, Vice President of California Pictures, made today's announcement.
"Boondock Saints is a multi-million dollar franchise that we're excited to expand upon with our producing partners," commented Steven Istock, President of California Pictures. "The property has a huge fan base and lends itself well to various platforms of release worldwide. We're looking forward to working with M2 and Geller Entertainment Group to offer an extension of the property to fans across the globe."
One of the biggest cult hits ever -- The Boondock Saints was filmed in 1999 and completed in 2000. Blacklisted from theaters due to a backlash against violent films after the Columbine Incident, the film never received a proper theatrical release. Instead, the film found its fan base on DVD spawning an international sensation that continues to grow.
"In Nomine Patris," a six-part comic book series, was released in May 2010. The series is written by Franchise Creator/Writer/Director, Troy Duffy and Comic Scribe, J.B. Love, and focuses on the untold story of Noah MacManus -- 'The Original Saint' -- the Brothers' father, known as Il Duce. The Brothers MacManus are also on tap, in Boston and Ireland, doing what they do best in a series of brand new adventures. The series answers fans' long-standing questions about how the 'Saints' came to be by revealing the origins behind the 'Saints' bloodline of vengeance.
"Like so many other fans I discovered 'The Saints' on DVD through a friend," commented M2's Eben Matthews. "The moment I saw it, I knew it should be a comic series. But the end game with this story was always to do what we do best and make it into a motion comic series. We knew that's where this new chapter of the Boondock mythos would really come to life."
M2's Adam Martin added, "The films already have a tremendous following and the comics were quite successful as well. We believe that telling this story, in this way, is the perfect complement to the films and will deliver something fresh and dynamic that will absolutely delight the fans and add to the mythology of the franchise."
ABOUT CALIFORNIA PICTURES
California Pictures was founded in 1944 by Howard Hughes and Preston Sturges then was reincorporated in 2008 by Steven Istock. The company is in final post production of the sci-fi action thriller Scavengers starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Jeremy London and Roark Critchlow and last year produced and distributed A Warrior's Heart starring Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene which made its debut at Cannes. The company's upcoming production slate includes the action film The Golden State, the Scavengers prequel and the comedy 1978. Mr. Istock and his team are also currently writing two family films and a British epic mini-series that will be produced by California Pictures as well.
M2 is the first production company specializing in the emerging medium of Motion Comics and currently the only one producing them in 3D! Founded by Adam Martin and Eben Matthews in 2009, the company has perfected a production process that allows for the simultaneous creation of both motion and traditional printed comics. Eben is also the Founder, Creative Director and Executive Producer for INNFUSION (www.INNFUSION.com) where he has over 15 years of experience in interactive media, branding, and project development and creation including the production of the recently released hit comic series, THE BOONDOCK SAINTS: "IN NOMINE PATRIS". Adam has over 15 years in physical film, television and commercial production and has worked with directors such as Michael Bay, John Frankenheimer and Chris Carter; on television shows such as "The Sopranos" and on literally hundreds of commercials. For more information and to see why M2 considers themselves the "Pixar of Motion Comics," visit www.M2Action.com or email Action@M2Action.com.
ABOUT GELLER ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Geller Entertainment Group is a full-fledged independent production company, specializing in branded properties for multi-platform exploitation. The shingle is run with the ideology -- story first. The company's slate is comprised of live action and animation projects for film, television and digital.