While writer Greg Pak may have recently signed an exclusivity agreement with Marvel Comics, he's going to get one non-Marvel project in under his belt first. We spoke with Pak briefly to get some clarification on how this deal works with his new contract. First, as you might expect, Pak agreed to the "Battlestar Galactica" gig before the contract with Marvel was signed. Additionally, Pak has worked out a storyline for the first twelve issues of this new series.
Official Press Release
Runnemede, NJ, July 19, 2005 - Dynamic Forces Inc., the parent company of Dynamite Entertainment announced today its agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Product Group to produce comics based on the new SCI FI Channel Battlestar Galactica series. The comic series is tentatively scheduled to launch 4th Quarter 2005 with writer Greg Pak penning the ongoing series.
" Greg [Pak] is a creator at the top of his game," explained Dynamite Entertainment Spokesperson J. Allen. "Having read and reviewed his proposed first year's worth of stories, he has an in-depth understanding of what has made this new Battlestar such a success. A busy writer and movie maker, we are very lucky to have him on the BSG comic team."
The creative look of the series will be based on the hit SCI FI show with details on the series artist, launch date and promotional efforts soon to follow.
ABOUT GREG PAK:
Greg Pak is an award-winning writer and director whose first feature film, Robot Stories, starring Tamlyn Tomita and Sab Shimono, played in 75 festivals, won 35 awards, screened theatrically across the country, and is now available on DVD from Kino International. Greg's feature screenplay Rio Chino won the Pipedream Screenwriting Award at the 2002 IFP Market and a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship in 2003. Greg wrote the screenplay for the feature film MVP, which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Greg is now writing Famous Long Ago for Antidote Films and several projects for Marvel, including the X-Men: Phoenix - Endsong mini-series.
Greg edits FilmHelp.com and AsianAmericanFilm.com. He was the cinematographer of The Personals, an Academy Award winning short documentary, and was recently named one of 25 Filmmakers to Watch by Filmmaker Magazine. Greg studied political science at Yale University, history at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and film production at the NYU graduate film program. He is represented by Kara Baker of the Gersh Agency, New York and Sandra Lucchesi of the Gersh Agency, Los Angeles.
ABOUT BATTLESTAR GALACTICA:
Inspired by the classic series, this extraordinary story was re-imagined by the SCI FI Channel and NBC Universal Television Studio in December of 2003 in the form of a 4-hour miniseries event. Capturing a new generation of fans, Battlestar Galactica became the most-watched cable miniseries of the year and led SCI FI to continue the saga through a one-hour weekly series. Redefining the space opera with its gritty realism, the new Galactica has distinguished itself by the intensity and present day relevance of its stories and the command performances of its ensemble cast. Now one of television's most critically-lauded shows, Battlestar Galactica recently concluded its freshman season as SCI FI's highest-rated original series to date. Production is currently underway on its second original season which will premiere on SCI FI July 15th at 10pm ET/PT.
ABOUT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS CONSUMER PRODUCTS GROUP:
Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is responsible for global licensing and retail strategies as well as building brand recognition of the extensive catalogue of NBC Universal properties. Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is a unit of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates the No. 1 television network, the fastest-growing Spanish-language network, a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.
ABOUT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT:
Dynamite Entertainment is a premier licensor and innovative publisher of the comic industry's key and most popular comics including the Army of Darkness, Jim Starlin's Cosmic Guard, The Re-Animator, Eduardo Risso's Borderline, Fulu, Parquee Chas, Lectures Macabre and the #1 selling title in April of '05, Red Sonja. More information about the company can be found online at http://www.dynamiteentertainment.com. Dynamite Entertainment is a subsidiary of Dynamic Forces, Inc.