Graphic novel by comic book legend Chuck Dixon already being set up as a film with Scott Mednick of 300, Superman & TMNT fame. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on September 20, 2014.
About this project
Be a part of Comic & Cinematic History...
... as legendary comic creator Chuck Dixon, 300 and TMNT film producer Scott Mednick, and Framelight Productions come together to create Sword of Wood... an exciting new franchise!
Already being set up as a motion picture, we are looking for partners to finance the publication of a graphic novel based on an original story being written by Chuck Dixon with illustrations provided by Esteve Polls..
Lord William Corrington, the second baron of Corrinngton and Knight of Christ is a warrior in the Holy Lands at the time of the First Crusade. Tired and disillusioned by years of war, William journeys home to his manor and village along with his squire, Pilsen, only to find the fields and hovels empty and his wife and children gone.
A Dominican friar named Henri DuChamps is the only soul remaining and is forted up in the village church. The friar is glad to see William, but is angered with his absence, stating that while the men of England were out fighting God’s war, Satan has come to take England in the form of an army of vampyres. He tells William of a rampaging horde of monsters that he has been stalking for a year. They sweep down on villages to kill and abduct all they find. They are an army of Satan’s and their ranks swell with each attack. A dark red-haired lord and agent of the Devil called only Kerioth, or ‘The Apostle,’ lead them.
William cannot know if his wife and children have been taken as feedstock or have joined the blood-sucking host.
We currently have a screenplay developed from the original story and are looking to produce the graphic novel as part of the process to complete development and pre-market awareness of the film.
Comic Book Writer: Chuck Dixon
Chuck is best known for his work on the Marvel character the Punisher and on the DC character Batman. Some of Chuck’s work includes The Punisher Kingdom Gone graphic novel, which led to him working on the monthly The Punisher War Journal and later other Punisher titles, and brought him to the attention of DC Comics editor Dennis O'Neil, who asked him to produce a Robin mini-series. The series proved popular enough to spawn two sequels - The Joker's Wild and Cry of the Huntress.
This led to both an ongoing monthly series which Dixon wrote for 100 issues before leaving to work with CrossGen Comics, and to Dixon working on Detective Comics from #644-738 through the major Batman stories "KnightFall'" and "KnightsEnd" for which he helped create the key character of Bane, "Contagion", "Legacy", "Cataclysm", and "No Man's Land".
He was DC's most prolific Batman writer in the 1990s in addition to writing Detective Comics he pioneered the individual series for Robin, Nightwing (which he wrote for 70 issues) and Batgirl, as well as creating the team and book Birds of Prey.
Chuck continues his work, having worked in the DC Universe with Richard Dragon, a revival of the 1970s kung-fu character, which ran for 12 issues. He then returned briefly to Nightwing before shifting his efforts to the Wildstorm imprint, writing the stand-alone Claw the Unconquered; the movie-adaptation of Snakes on a Plane, the movie-spin-off Nightmare on Elm Street, and the Wildstorm Universe title Grifter/Midnighter.
He has written a G.I. Joe series for IDW Publishing and is the creator of the upcoming Xbox project Winterworld a live-action eight episode evetn slated to launch on the Xbox One platform... and has a new highly acclaimed series of science fiction novels called “Bad Times.”
Comic Book Illustrator: Estève Polls
Estève Polls is a popular Spanish artist, most known in the US for his work on the Zorro series of comics and the Lone Ranger series of comics from Dynamite Entertainment. Most recently, it was announced that Esteve will be illustrating the upcoming Django Unchained/Zorro crossover being brought to light by Quentin Tarrantino and Matt Wagner.
Estève began his career at the age of 15, illustrating a football comic for Thomson G.B. From then on, Poll has worked for varying European publishers, including Edifumetti, Planet, Marvel France and Disney Europe. For the magazine Cimoc of Norma Editorial, he has illustrated the 'Fronteras' series, as well as 'MacBeth', series featuring a hired assassin in the early 20th century, scripted by Josep M. Polls. Estève is additionally present in the British Judge Dredd MEGAzine with the Simon Spurrier scripted 'Mega-City Noir'.
Producer: Scott MednickMednick has served as Executive Producer of such motion pictures as Superman Returns, We Are Marshall, The Ant Bully, 10,000 BC, 300 and Where the Wild Things Are. Mednick helped usher in the new era of 3D motion pictures as part of the producing team behind U2 3D – the first live action 3D digital film ever made. His recent releases include Delivery Man starring Vince Vaughn for DreamWorks and he is currently a producer of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise for Paramount Pictures still in global release with the sequel to be filmed in 2015. Mednick has been a part of the financing and producing teams on motion pictures that have grossed more than $3 Billion dollars at the box office.
Producer: Jeffrey D. Erb
Jeffrey D. Erb is the Co-President of Framelight Productions a company focused on the development and production of comic book properties. Current titles in development include Deadworld with Producer Bill Mechanic (Coraline, Dark Water, The New World), and Dr. Deth with Kip and Muffy, a Marvel Comics property penned by famed GI Joe author, Larry Hama; and Sword of Wood, penned by famed writer Chuck Dixon.
Mr. Erb has produced and executive produced a number of films including “Just Add Water” (Danny DeVito, Jonah Hill, Dylan Walsh, Justin Long), “Tooth and Nail” (Michael Madsen, Ryder Strong, Rachel Miner, and Robert Carradine),“Southern Gothic” (William Forsythe and Yul Vazquez), “Let the Game Begin” (Adam Rodriguez, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Lisa Ray, Lochlyn Munro, Stephen Baldwin and Natasha Henstridge), and “Superheroes” (Produced by Greg O’Connor and Ira Deutchman) which took a juried award at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.
Prior to founding Feverpitch Pictures, Jeff served as the President of Kindred Media Group since its inception. While at Kindred, he oversaw operations and distribution for a number of films, including “Game 6” (Starring Michael Keaton, Robert Downey, Jr., Griffin Dunne, Bebe Neuwirth, Catherine O’Hara), “Jailbait” (Starring Michael Pitt, and Stephen Adly Guirgis), “On the Outs” (Starring Judy Marte), and “Waltzing Anna” (Starring Emmanuelle Chriqui and Artie Lange).
Producer (co-screenwriter): Robert L. Robinson, Jr.Robert Robinson is the Co-Founder and Co-President of Framelight Productions as well as the Founder and creative vision of Arupt Entertainment. Arupt Entertainment is developing scripted and reality programming with transmedia engines for diverse media platforms while Framelight Productions options and develops comic books and novels for film and television projects in Hollywood. These Framelight projects include: “Deadworld” being produced with Bill Mechanic (former CEO of FOX) from a David Hayter script (“X-Men,’ “X-Men 2,” “Mummy Returns,” and “Watchmen”) along with Executive Producer Benedict Carver (Senior Vice President Entertainment One); “Sword of Wood,” based on a Chuck Dixon (“Batman” and “Punisher” comic book writer) comic book and co-produced with Scott Mednick (“300,” “Superman Returns”) from a script by himself, Andrew Ord and Steve Ovington; “Dr. Deth with Kip and Muffy,” from a Larry Hama (“GI Joe,” “Wolverine,” “Batman” writer) Marvel Comic ” from a script by Andrew Ord and Steve Ovington; and others. He has founded, raised capital, built and sold several technology and marketing based companies, including most recently: Supply Marketing, Inc., a company that created media campaigns within physician offices via selling and printing advertising on examination table paper and other medical supplies; Xportical - a company focused on wireless content deployment and emerging technologies that worked with Disney, ABC, Silicon Alley Reporter and Dun & Bradstreet; and B2Bcast.com, a business media streaming company sold to a Singapore based company. While serving as a manager at Egghead Software in the early 1990s, he founded Emerald City Enterprises, Inc., which served as the exclusive licensing and merchandising agent by the internationally famous Barnes Foundation (considered by many to be one of the most influential and valuable art collections in the world) for their first and only world tour.
Risks and challenges
With the appropriate funding, this book WILL be published. There is a risk that the film development and production may take longer than expected based upon film financing and distribution negotiations with major studios.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The total page count isn't finalized yet... However it will be a full length full-color graphic novel. The page count of the screenplay for the film is 120 pages.
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