Exodus Film Group Makes Deal with IDW For CG-Animated "Igor"

Wed, August 1st, 2007 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

LOS ANGELES, California - Exodus Film Group announced

today a comic book deal with IDW Publishing for Exodus' CG-animated

feature film "Igor." Long known for its exciting array of titles,

including popular licenses "Transformers," "24," and "CSI," IDW

publishes some of today's most innovative and ground-breaking comic

books. The publishing program for "Igor" will include a series of

full color prequel titles leading up to another series of books

taking fans through the film and beyond. These will be followed by a

full-color paperback, collecting each miniseries.

"Our newest licensing partner, IDW, has a long standing record of

adapting and creating terrific comic books based on entertainment

properties," said Bruce Auerbach, Exodus President of Consumer

Products. "We're looking forward to their creative execution on the

visually rich film we are producing."

"IDW has built a name for itself by producing good horror comics and

good licensed comics," said IDW's Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Chris

Ryall. "The chance to combine the two in the form of a clever and fun

idea like 'Igor' is a perfect convergence of genres and will also

appeal to younger readers."

"Igor" is a playfully irreverent comedy that brings a new twist to

the classic monster genre. In a world filled with Mad Scientists and

Evil Inventions, one talented evil scientist's hunch-backed lab

assistant has big dreams of becoming a Mad Scientist himself and

winning the annual Evil Science Fair. The stellar voice cast includes

Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Jennifer Coolidge, John Cusack, Arsenio

Hall, Sean Hayes, Eddie Izzard, Jay Leno, Molly Shannon, and

Christian Slater. The Weinstein Company is handling worldwide

distribution for the film, which is set for a wide theatrical release

on October 24, 2008.

Recent "Igor" consumer products deals include a master license for

toys and collectables with Corgi International and a major publishing

deal with award-winning global leader Simon & Schuster Children's

Publishing Division. Corgi will release a wide range of products

including action figures, play sets, electronic role-play games,

pocket money toys, vinyl figures, plush, statues, busts and other

associated products. Simon & Schuster plans seven "Igor" books, which

will be published under their Simon Scribbles and Simon Spotlight

imprints.

Award-winning animation writer, Tony Leondis, is directing the

screenplay by Chris McKenna. Exodus CEO John D. Eraklis is producing

with Exodus President Max Howard executive producing and Jean-Luc De

Fanti producing on behalf of Exodus Productions in Paris. Eric

Robinson, Vice President of Production and Development, is overseeing

on behalf of The Weinstein Company.

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