IDW Publishing to publish 'Underworld' prequel miniseries co-written by film's screenwriter

Wed, December 10th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

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Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

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Official Press Release

San Diego, CA - Underworld, the hit motion picture that detailed the long-standing enmity between vampiric Death Dealers and Lycans, told only a small part of the overall story of this centuries-old blood feud. Now, with the participation of Danny McBride-one of the film's screenwriters-IDW Publishing, through a license with Sony Pictures Consumer Products, is prepared to show more of the legend: a long-ago encounter between vampires and werewolves, on the plains of Africa.

Underworld: Red in Tooth and Claw is co-plotted by McBride and Kris Oprisko, the writer who penned the popular comic book adaptation of the movie, with a script by Oprisko. The art team for the adaptation, Nick Postic and Nick Marinkovich, returns for this miniseries as well.

"Our Underworld movie adaptation was a big hit," IDW's Editor-in-Chief Jeff Mariotte said. "People loved that it was a faithful adaptation of the movie, and Nick and Nick really captured the dark, horrific mood. But there is so much history the filmmakers couldn't fit into one movie that we have a huge canvas to work with, and with the participation of Danny McBride we're going to fill in some of the gaps in that history."

Underworld: Red in Tooth and Claw is a three-issue miniseries of full color, 32-page comic books, launching in February, 2004 with a retail price of $3.99.

IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea + Design Works, LLC, a revolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients including The Upper Deck Company, Electronic Arts, Ultima Online, WizKids, Cartoon Network, Sony Online Entertainment, Nickelodeon, and many more. IDW Publishing focuses on a small number of high-quality titles. Among them are CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's 30 Days of Night and its sequel, Dark Days; Ashley Wood's Lore; CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations; Beau Smith's Wynonna Earp; and Steve Niles' Wake The Dead. Columbia Pictures has optioned the movie rights to 30 Days of Night, with Sam Raimi attached to produce. Konami is producing a video game based on CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations. Dimension Films has optioned the movie rights to Wake The Dead.

Sony Pictures Consumer Products (SPCP), a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), is based in Los Angeles and London. SPCP handles the merchandising and branding efforts for some of the most recognized properties in film and television and, through Spider-Man Merchandising, L.P., a limited partnership with Marvel Enterprises, the upcoming motion picture Spider-Man 2™ and the Spider-Man™ animated series. Additionally, SPCP properties include such titles as the gothic box office hit "Underworld", the Academy Award winning short, "The ChubbChubbs™", television properties such as "Astro Boy™", "Stuart Little™" animated," and "Jackie Chan Adventures™." SPE is a division of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.

 
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