Framelight Productions Forms to Adapt Graphic Novels
Framelight Prods. Has opened its doors for business and has promised to take edgy and innovative graphic novels and turn them into exciting feature films for Fanboys of all ages. They also happen to be fairly obscure properties.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the company is fronted by producer Jeffrey Erb and entrepreneur Robert Robinson Jr. They have financing to produce up to eight films over the next five years with budgets ranging from $20 to $80 million.
Their first announced projects include the obscure Dr. Deth with Kip and Muffy which ran in the color incarnation of Marvel’s Bizarre Adventures. The short series was written by Larry Hama, better known for his work on Bucky O’Hare and G.I. Joe, and artist Bob Camp. The violent series was noteworthy given the innocent appearing artwork akin to Peanuts belying the horrible events being depicted.
They have also optioned Deadworld, originally published by Caliber Press, later Image Comics, and now available through Desperado. Created by Gary Reed, the zombie series was a forerunner for the genre that continues to this day.
Sins of the Fallen and a version of 1001 Arabian Nights were also optioned from Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco’s Zenescope Entertainment. The former posits that the vilest criminals throughout history were fallen angels with an agenda.
"We don’t want to traditionally option a title; we want to partner with the creator on every aspect of the production," Robinson, founder of communications companies Xportical, B2BCast and Supply Marketing, told the trade.
"We weren’t the only producers wanting to make movies based on these creators’ babies, but we were the only ones inviting them in as co-producers," said Erb.
The new studio is constructing offices at Norristown Studios, a 300,000-square-foot studio and soundstage facility being built in Pennsylvania.