Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Future Projects From Top Cow

As a fan of the Top Cow universe I'm really interested in and excited about a number of the announcements made during the San Diego Comic-Con.

The Top Cow Multimedia panel was moderated by Top Cow president Matt Hawkins, and included artist and Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri, Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik, Darkness writer Phil Hester and Witchblade writer Ron Marz.

First up is news of a film based on one of my favourite characters The Magdalena which will be directed by Ryuhei Kitamura - who directed the 2008 horror Midnight Meat Train, based on Clive Barker's short story - with Holly Brix writing the screenplay.

Furthermore, it was announced that there would be a new Magdalena book written by Ron Marz and with covers from Ryan Sook.

Next up, Larry Kasanoff, the producer of Mortal Kombat, has been engaged to develop a feature film based on the Aphrodite IX title. Further announcements will follow next month.

Onto The Darkness - it was announced that a sequel to the video game, written by Paul Jenkins, is in development and announcements of a feature film will follow in late August or September, whilst in December there will be a Darkchylde/The Darkness crossover.

Pilot Season book Alibi, by Josh Fialkov and Jeremy Haun, has been optioned with a film in the works from Mandeville Films, the studio behind the upcoming Surrogates film.

You can read more about these and other items of news over at

At an earlier Comic-Con panel it was announced that Ron Marz will be writing the Top Cow event for 2010, to be called Artifacts.

Marz told Newsarama "The 13 artifacts in the Top Cow universe tend to be the connective thread between a lot of the characters and the concepts. So this will bring virtually everything that's happening in the universe together by bringing these 13 artifacts together". Artifacts will be a 13-issue series. Again, more details can be found again over at

Top Cow publish some great titles by some of my favourite writers and artists - there's a lot to look forward to here.