2000 AD SIGNS MOVIE DEAL WITH NEW LINE
2000 AD has signed an option deal with the US' Fine Line Features for the film rights to Outlaw, marking the first big-screen appearance of a character from
the Galaxy's Greatest Comic since 1995's Judge Dredd.
Director Andrew Upton is expected to shoot the $10m-$15m project in 2001 from
a script by Lloyd Foneville, co-writer of Universal's highly successful The
Mummy. The futuristic story follows a reformed criminal who is forced by a weapons-design
company to come out of retirement to compete in their Deadliest Man Alive gun-fighting
The deal for film, TV and game rights with Fine Line marks a rapid move into
exploiting the 2000 AD stable of 700-plus characters after UK software developer
Rebellion bought the sci-fi and fantasy comic in July 2000. Rebellion owners
Jason and Chris Kingsley have formed 2000 AD Entertainment with media lawyer
Andrew Curtis to exploit film, TV and ancillary rights on 2000 AD's trademark
characters, including future lawman Judge Dredd, mutant bounty-hunter Strontium
Dog, and genetically-engineered super-soldier Rogue Trooper.
"It's very exciting to have got this together so quickly," Curtis said. "This
will help re-launch the 2000 AD brand in America and, we hope, lead to longer
term relationships with Fine Line and New Line because of their expertise in
the comic book genre." Fine Line is a subsidiary of New Line, responsible for
hit comic-book adaptations The Mask and Blade.
The deal, negotiated by Frank Smith at Fine Line and Curtis' Drew and Co in
London, came together Rebellion when it acquired 2000 AD. The Kingsleys and
Curtis are taking executive producer credits.