India's leading motion picture studio, Studio 18, and Virgin Comics announced the formation of a new production relationship to create a slate of teen horror properties for films, television, gaming and publishing. The new stories, which will be co-created and co-owned by both companies, will be released initially as graphic novels to be published worldwide by Virgin. The partnership will have an ongoing slate of teen horror properties to be made each year with the first comic released at the end of 2007.
"Studio 18 and Virgin Comics will be pioneering the creation of genre-specific content and will be investing the building 'franchises/brands' out of these creative properties," said Studio 18 CEO Sandeep Bhargava. "On gauging the popularity of these properties, these will be launched into feature films and exploited on other platforms such as gaming, television series, wireless, etc." [Peter Knegt]