November 18, 2013
After scoring with live action web series based on the “Halo” and “Mortal Kombat” video game franchises, Machinima is turning to comicbooks for new programming.
The online entertainment player, whose audience is made up mostly of young males age 18-35, has paired with producer Adrian Askarieh to produce a 10-minute pilot based on “Enormous,” a graphic novel that revolves around a cataclysmic ecological event that creates massive beasts that overrun human civilization and puts mankind at the bottom of the food chain.
Askarieh’s Prime Universe Productions will produce the pilot for Machinima before turning it into a full-fledged series that can play on various digital platforms the company appears on, including the new Xbox One.
BenDavid Grabinski, who helmed the short “Cost of Living,” will direct the pilot whose concept is a blend of “Cloverfield” and “The Walking Dead.” Grabinski penned the script with Andre Ovredal (“Troll Hunter”).
The project is in the midst of being cast, with a December shoot in L.A. being eyed.
Image Comics published the first “Enormous” book, created by Tim Daniel and artist Mehdi Cheggour (“Heavy Metal”), with Fifth World Studios set to publish the rest of the series.
Askarieh, who is also producing a film adaptation of game “Deus Ex” at CBS Films, and the “Hitman” reboot “Agent 47″ with Paul Walker, will executive produce “Enormous,” along with Joshua Wexler and his Pure Imagination Studios.