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 (http://www.myspacetv.com).
Concurrently, the trailer is also the Featured Video of the social
networking site's comic book community, MySpace Comic Books
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070827/NYM017LOGO )
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'
DOCK WALLOPER and JONATHAN MOSTOW'S THE MEGAS, can be viewed at
www.myspacetv.com or www.virgincomics.com.
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 (www.myspace.com/comicbooks) 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
information on comScore Networks, please go to http://www.comscore.com.
SOURCE Virgin Comics