Studios Gets The Cow!
Top Cow, That Is...For Movies & TV
Hollywood Reporter broke the news today that Top Cow Studios,
the San Diego-based comic book company run by Marc Silvestri,
will now be in business with Platinum Studios, headed by
Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.
they probably can't do Tomb Raider, though
they'd probably do it better...
fans, this is a pretty significant announcement. Though
Top Cow has done a fair job of getting some of their properties
placed with Hollywood studios, such as Fathom, Wanted
and Rising Stars, Top Cow president Matt Hawkins
thought that since the studio had a long history with Platinum,
they should let Rosenberg's company do what it has been
doing best for several years.
and Rosenberg first did business together when the founding
members of Image split from Marvel. At the time, Rosenberg
ran Malibu Comics and helped the boys get off the ground,
before they found their own footing and Rosenberg eventually
sold much of the Malibu assets to
Marvel. Cleverly, he retained
the rights to several projects, thus launching the Men
In Black film franchise at Sony. In 1997, he formed
Platinum Studios, a company devoted to turning comic books
into film and television. Currently, they have Unique
at Disney, Cowboys
& Aliens at Sony, Nathan Never at
Dreamworks and several other deals percolating.
Mitchell Rosenberg, who promises not to cast Jack
Black as Jackie Escatado, no matter WHAT the focus
now with the Top Cow deal, Platinum Studios controls the
film rights to a library that rivals the Marvel and DC properties.
If you didn't register their name before, you will have
to after today. Among those characters free for Platinum
to use: Witchblade, The Darkness and Aphrodite
IX. Though the Hollywood Reporter mentions Midnight
Nation in their listing, it turns out that J. Michael
Straczynski retains the complete film and television rights
to everything he did under the Joe's Comics imprint. We
apologize for assuming otherwise in an earlier posting of
a lot of activity around the Top Cow booth this weekend
at Comic-Con -- it's no accident the Reporter broke this
Scott, how about that Prime movie that's been promised
for so, sooooo long?