"Beowulf" Coming to Theaters and Comics

Tue, June 19th, 2007 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

San Diego, CA -Beowulf, the ancient epic poem, has been

studied in schools for decades and adapted and translated into

numerous forms over the centuries. On November 16, 2007, it will

receive its most spectacular adaptation of all, in the form of a

major motion picture from Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and

Shangri-La Entertainment. In turn, the spectacular new motion picture

has inspired a comic book adaptation from IDW Publishing.

In October, writer Chris Ryall, artist Gabriel Rodriguez, and

colorist Jay Fotos - the creative team behind Clive Barker's The

Great and Secret Show - will adapt the screenplay written by Neil

Gaiman ("Mirrormask, the graphic novel," "Sandman") & Roger Avary

("Pulp Fiction") for director Robert Zemeckis's groundbreaking film

in comic book form. What's more, the adaptation will be released in

four weekly installments throughout the month leading up to the

movie's release.

In a time of heroes, the mighty warrior Beowulf slays the demon

Grendel and incurs the wrath of its monstrous yet seductive mother in

a conflict that transforms a king into a legend. Groundbreaking

director Robert Zemeckis offers a vision of the Beowulf saga that has

never been told before "Beowulf," starring Ray Winstone in the title

role and Anthony Hopkins as the corrupt King Hrothgar, as well as

John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover,

Alison Lohman and Angelina Jolie as Grendel's mother.

Paramount Pictures Presents In Association with Shangri-La

Entertainment An ImageMovers Production A Robert Zemeckis Film

"Beowulf" starring Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich,

Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman and

Angelina Jolie. The film is directed by Robert Zemeckis from a

screenplay by Neil Gaiman & Roger Avary. The producers are Steve

Starkey, Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. The executive producers

are Martin Shafer, Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman.

As a special bonus for all San Diego Comicon attendees this July,

Paramount Pictures and IDW Publishing will offer an exclusive 8-page

Beowulf promo comic book previewing the miniseries to come.

"I've read Beowulf enough times and in enough different editions to

know that this movie will be the ultimate telling of the tale," said

Chris Ryall, also IDW Publishing's Publisher and Editor-in-Chief.

"And the art on the comic book is equally spectacular-Gabriel and Jay

are doing the best work of their careers, and I'm lucky enough to be

along for the ride with them."

Beowulf #1-4, a miniseries featuring four 32-page comic books, will

be shipped weekly in October.. For more information on the Beowulf

movie, please go to www.BeowulfMovie.com.

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