'Mephisto and the Empty Box' optioned for film development

Thu, May 23rd, 2002 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Official Press Release
Source: Top Shelf Productions

Comics Fans Worldwide,

First of all, let me again thank everyone for helping us through our

recent crisis. Just this Monday (the 20th) we finished shipping out all

1000 orders, and to celebrate that, we actually have some cool news to

report (this deal was finalized just last week):


Hollywood Producer Joe Singer (Dr. Dolittle, Dante's Peak) and

entrepreneur Janet Jensen's new production company, Singer/Jensen

Entertainment, has optioned the rights to Top Shelf Production's

critically acclaimed comic book MEPHISTO AND THE EMPTY BOX for feature

film development.

Written by Jason Hall and illustrated by Matt Kindt, MEPHISTO AND THE

EMPTY BOX is part of the creators' well-renowned PISTOLWHIP series of

books (included in TIME Magazine's List of Top 10 Comics of 2001).

While the creators are excited their work may make it to the big-screen,

they really hope that the Hollywood attention will help bring the comics

themselves to a wider audience.

The screenplay for MEPHISTO will be written by Michael Browning (Bad

Company, Six Days, Seven Nights). The story involves a couple with a

troubled marriage who attend a magic show. The woman volunteers for the

disappearing act but the magician (Mephisto) dies in the middle of the

trick. With the wife missing, the husband embarks on a metaphysical

journey to bring her back. Alva Entertainment will executive produce.

Hall and Kindt are currently working on the next PISTOLWHIP graphic

novel, THE YELLOW MENACE, as well as other individual projects. You can

visit the Pistolwhip Comics Electronic Headquarters at

http://www.pistolwhipcomics.com. You can also purchase MEPHISTO AND THE

EMPTY BOX and PISTOLWHIP at your local comic book shop or directly from

Top Shelf Productions at http://www.topshelfcomix.com.

… and the film rights to PISTOLWHIP are still available (as of today,


Books by Matt Kindt and Jason Hall:


-- $3.95 (US), Comic Book, 24 pages


-- $14.95 (US), Graphic Novel, 128 pages, ISBN: 1-891830-23-6


-- The Newest Graphic Novel Ships in December!

Your friend thru comics,

Chris Staros

Top Shelf Productions

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