Virgin Comics Brings Director's Cut Comics to Life With Animated Trailers

MySpaceTV to Showcase Guy Ritchie's Gamekeeper Trailer

Apr 09, 2008, 01:00 ET from Virgin Comics

    NEW YORK, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The animated trailer for GUY
 RITCHIE'S GAMEKEEPER, the acclaimed comic book from Virgin Comics'
 Director's Cut imprint, has been selected as featured content on MySpaceTV,
 the viral video community of MySpace (
 Concurrently, the trailer is also the Featured Video of the social
 networking site's comic book community, MySpace Comic Books
     (Logo: )
     The trailer is part of a new wave of highly cinematic trailers from
 Virgin Comics. "Since these stories originated from the minds of
 filmmakers, they intrinsically have a filmic quality to them," says Neil
 Marks, Marketing Director at Virgin Comics. "So it was a natural process to
 create trailers for these properties that played like actual film
     Animated trailers for other Director's Cut titles, such as ED BURNS'
     GUY RITCHIE'S GAMEKEEPER is the first Director's Cut property to be
 optioned by a major studio. It is currently in development at Warner
 Brothers, with Guy Ritchie attached to direct and Joel Silver (The Matrix
 Trilogy, Speed Racer) producing.
     Virgin Comics and MySpace have worked together numerous times in the
 past, most recently on COALITION COMIX, an interactive comic book where
 fans collaborate on the development of a new digital comic. Helmed by Mike
 Carey (The Stranded, X-Men, Weston & Nicolas Cage's Voodoo Child), readers
 are given the opportunity to interact with Carey and vote on every element
 of this comic, including genre, script elements, artwork and even the font
 of speech and caption bubbles. The first fully colored chapter of this
 groundbreaking comic, titled QUEEN'S ROOK, can be read at
     QUEEN'S ROOK tells the story of Peter Ruthven, an operative with the
 British Foreign Office who is a trained spy and killer who was born with
 the ability to accelerate his own metabolism into a hyper-fast state, which
 no other human being can match. Unfortunately, this acceleration consumes
 vast amounts of energy, and it can only be fuelled and sustained by human
 hemoglobin: Ruthven has to drink blood, vampire-like, every time he wants
 to use his power.
     "This has been a truly unique experience," says Mike Carey. "The story
 and development process is constantly evolving. The flow of feedback and
 creative ideas is constant, opinions are diverse, and most importantly,
 participants are adventurous and willing to develop the most intriguing
 storylines. All this provides me with the best ingredients to play with."
     Additional chapters of QUEEN'S ROOK will be posted in the coming weeks.
     MySpace Comic Books ( is a community
 dedicated to the best in comics, manga, and graphic novels. Launched in
 March 2007, MySpace Comic Books provides the online community with the
 latest comic book news and interviews and spotlights the most exciting
 projects, creators and events in the industry. With more than 200,000
 friends, and growing, MySpace continues to see significant interest from
 its members in the comic book arena.
     About Virgin Comics
     Virgin Comics is a character entertainment company creating original
 stories and epic myths for worldwide audiences. The company was founded in
 November 2005 by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Enterprises Ltd., alongside
 author Deepak Chopra, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and entrepreneurs Sharad
 Devarajan, Gotham Chopra and Suresh Seetharaman. Virgin develops new
 stories with acclaimed filmmakers, actors and musicians including John Woo,
 Guy Ritchie, Terry Gilliam, Ed Burns, Nicolas Cage, Sachin Tendulkar and
 others. Feature films based on Virgin Comics' characters are also in the
 works, including an animated feature The Secrets of the Seven Sounds, Guy
 Ritchie's Gamekeeper (with Warner Bros and producer Joel Silver) and
 Virulents with FOX, directed by John Moore (The Omen, Max Payne). Virgin
 Comics also formed a joint venture with NBC-Universal to create new science
 fiction properties for graphic novels and television with the SCI FI
 Channel. The first title in this series, The Stranded, premiered in January
     MySpace, a unit of Fox Interactive Media Inc., is the premier lifestyle
 portal for connecting with friends, discovering popular culture, and making
 a positive impact on the world. By integrating web profiles, blogs, instant
 messaging, e-mail, music streaming, music videos, photo galleries,
 classified listings, events, groups, college communities, and member
 forums, MySpace has created a connected community. As the first-ranked web
 domain in terms of page views(c), MySpace is the most widely-used and
 highly regarded site of its kind and is committed to providing the highest
 quality member experience. MySpace will continue to innovate with new
 features that allow its members to express their creativity and share their
 lives, both online and off. MySpace's international network includes
 localized community sites in the United States, France, Germany, Australia,
 Ireland, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Netherlands,
 New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Austria, Latin America and the United Kingdom.
 Fox Interactive Media is a division of News Corp. (NYSE:   NWS, NWS.A; ASX:
     *Among the top 2000 domains comScore Media Metrix, June 2007. For more
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