Top Cow's "Magdalena" hits the big screen

Fri, July 25th, 2008 at 11:30am PDT

TV/Film
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Motion Pictures, producer of Marvel Studios' Summer hit release "The Incredible Hulk" and Platinum Studios, Inc. (OTCBB: PDOS), an entertainment company that controls an international library of more than 5,600 comic book characters which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media and Top Cow Productions, an entertainment company specializing in building intellectual properties through comic book and graphic novel publication like Universal's summer's box office hit "Wanted", have attached Jenna Dewan and Luke Goss to star in the feature film "Magdalena" based on Top Cow's comic book character "Magdalena," which is currently in development

Jenna Dewan is set to play Patience, a young woman who discovers that she is a part of the lineage of female warriors descended from Mary Magdalene. Patience must accept her destiny in time to save the world from a supernatural evil. Dewan has three films being released this year including the comedy "The Six Wives of Henry Lefay" with Tim Allen and Elisha Cuthbert, "The Jerk Theory," and the romantic thriller "Wonderwall." She also stars in the "Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal" which premieres on Lifetime on August 2. Dewan's other film credits include her breakout role in "Step Up," "Take the Lead," "The Grudge 2" and "Love Lies Bleeding."

Luke Goss is set to play Kristof, an agent sent by the ultra secret organization that has been the guardian of the lineage of Magdalena. Goss co-stars in the blockbuster film "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" from director Guillermo Del Torro and the upcoming science fiction thriller "Tekken" based on the popular video and arcade game. His film credits include David Goyer's independent drama "ZigZag," with John Leguizamo, Guillermo Del Torro's "Blade II," "One Night With the King," "The Man," "Mercenary," "Bone Dry," "Unearthed," "Deep Winter," and "Shanghai Baby." He had the title role in the Emmy Award-winning Hallmark series "Frankenstein" with Donald Sutherland and William Hurt. Goss was part of the multi-platinum-selling British band, BROS. and wrote a bestselling autobiography on his experiences with the group.

Gale Anne Hurd and Platinum Studios' Chairman and CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg are set to produce. Gary Ventimiglia, President of Production at Valhalla Motion Pictures, who was instrumental in bringing Dewan and Goss to the project, is set to executive produce. Top Cow's CEO Marc Silvestri ("Witchblade," "Darkness") would serve as executive producer as would former Universal Pictures senior executive Randy Greenberg of The Greenberg Group, who helped negotiate the deal. Matt Hawkins, President of Top Cow Productions, is set to co-produce.

"We are delighted to have found such terrific leads in Jenna Dewan and Luke Goss to bring the characters in Magdalena to life," said Hurd. "It is exactly the kind of project we love: strong female and male lead characters, a story with rich mythology and compelling characters," added Hurd.

"In my opinion, Gale is one of the most formidable producers in the business and I believe that she is the perfect match to bring the characters and the world of Magdalena to life," said Rosenberg.

"Magdalena is part of the pantheon on Top Cow characters, just as important as Witchblade and The Darkness," said Silvestri. "I love these characters and believe that we have found the right creative mix to bring them to life and the right actors to embody them."

Gale Anne Hurd and Valhalla Motion Pictures most recently produced the blockbuster feature The Incredible Hulk for Marvel Studios which was released by Universal Pictures this summer. Valhalla is continually developing a broad range of projects, including Marvel's Punisher: War Zone for Lionsgate and Sony Pictures Entertainment which stars Ray Stevenson and is scheduled for release on December 5, 2008. Hurd has produced more than two dozen feature films that have generated billions of dollars of revenue. Her other credits include The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, Aeon Flux, The Punisher, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines among others.

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.

Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Motion Pictures and Platinum Studios are currently co-developing a feature film based on the soon-to-be-published action thriller comic book Final Orbit. The graphic novel is slated for release by Platinum Studios Comics in 2009. Russell Gewirtz (Inside Man, Righteous Kill) is attached to adapt.

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 was directed by Timur Bekmambetov.

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