Veteran producer Lloyd Levin, aiming to generate properties that can be turned into movies, is launching Foundry Comics in partnership with Stranger Comics. Foundry will publish four to six graphic novels per year in a variety of genres ranging from gothic historical adventures to futuristic action pieces to raucous comedies.
Levin — whose credits include Watchmen, Hellboy and The Rocketeer — and Stranger Comics CEO Sebastian A. Jones made the announcement.
“We’re publishing comicbooks with the intention of making them into feature films,” Levin told Variety. “In most cases the screenplays are being written at the same time (developed independent of the studios) as the comicbooks are being created. We’ll eventually bring aboard a director, then budget and schedule, prepare conceptual art, perhaps raise financing, then bring the whole package to the studios for further financing and distribution.”
Foundry is developing Offworld by David Johnson, writer of Orphan and Wrath of the Titans, as a graphic adaptation of Johnson’s original screenplay about an intergalactic safari. Levin is also in pre-production on a feature version of Offworld with Lawrence Gordon; Julian Gilbey (A Lonely Place to Die) is set to direct.
The idea for Foundry Comics grew out of Levin and Sebastian’s collaboration on a feature adaptation of The Untamed, Stranger Comics’ first published title, created by Jones and artist Peter Bergting.
Recently, Stranger Comics began a partnership with Komplicated, syndicating original prose fiction with us as well. We’ll continue to follow the development of this story.