Radical gets funding for ALADDIN, CITY OF DUST (Mania.com)

By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2008
Source: Variety

Variety reports that Barry Levine's high-profile comics startup Radical Publishing will receive a cash infusion from Singapore to help fund the development of its comics titles into film. Lee Han, who Levine calls an unabashed fanboy who runs Singapore-based Lacho Calad Pte Ltd., is provding the money.

The first two projects to go under the financing deal will be 'Aladdin' and 'City of Dust'.

'City of Dust' is based on the comic created by Steve Niles takes place in a future world where high-tech police battle strange creatures in an attempt to curb "crimes of the imagination" or Mind Crimes. Peter Fedorenko has been tapped to write the script for the film.

The Radical Comics website provides little information about 'Aladdin' although Variety reports that it "twists the classic tale with an injection of supernatural elements to tell a story of the consequences of greed and wish fulfillment." Siavash Farahani, who recently wrote the screenplay for 'The Shadow' for Ghost House Picture is writing the script.

Radical has seen a lot of Hollywood heat this summer, having previously set up projects with other studios. Director Peter Berg is attached to direct and produce 'Hercules' for Universal and Spyglass, John Woo is attached to direct 'Caliber' for Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and Bryan Singer is on board to produce 'Freedom Formula' through his Bad Hat Harry Prods.

Series: The Shadow, Caliber, Hercules, Freedom Forumula, Aladdin, City of Dust