Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hollywood firm acquires rights to Singapore comic book series


Just read this from Channelnewsasia (25 Mar 09):
The movie version of the comic series, "Freedom Formula: Ghost of the Wasteland", marks the first time a Singapore-produced story has been signed on for development with a major production studio.

US-based New Regency has bought the rights for development and the film – about futuristic slave racers competing in extreme high speed races for entertainment – will be distributed by Fox.

Co-producing the film will be the director of "X-Men" and "Superman Returns", Bryan Singer, in a tie-up with Los Angeles-based Radical Pictures.

Barry Levine, founder of Radical Pictures, said: "This was created for the Asian market. At the end of the day, if the character translates into a universal market, then we adapt it.

"If Edmund had given us something that was good but didn't translate properly, we wouldn't have done this. I think it has a shot to be a huge blockbuster. It is a film that appeals to everyone."

Speaking of Singapore-based comic strips, here's a recently launched online comic strip called "Two-Handed Tales" by RocketRayGun and Jonrob.

Here's another of my favourite Singapore-based comic strip/ illustrator blogger, Bounce Back To Life.

Who says Singapore no talent?



  1. Wow, this is big. How come I've never heard of this comic? Not sold in Singapore or have I just lost touch with my youth? =)

    But this is awesome for Singapore. Looking forward to the movie.

  2. I'm been looking for singaporean online comic. A search on google only gave me Bounce Back To Life. Do you have any more links?

    Glad that Freedom Formula: Ghost of the Wasteland is being made into a movie. I remember reading about it on some blog.

  3. Hi T_T, maybe you can try asking the folks at the Organisation of Illustrators Council.

  4. AH! Thanks for the link! I didn't know there's a site where Singaporean artist showcase their stuff!


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