Highlander creator prepping Ascend movie. PLUS: Transformers toon air date. Spider-Man filming locations. More Green Lantern toys! It's your Comics2Film 11.1.4!
From a press release....
The Hub, a television network for kids and their families, will premiere its original half-hour, full CGI animated series “Transformers Prime” in its regular weekly time period with a new episode Friday, February 11 (4:30 p.m. ET).
Announcement of the premiere date was made following the network’s recent record-setting performance of its mini-series event, a five-part presentation of original episodes of “Transformers Prime,” November 29-December 3. The highly anticipated programming event earned the network its best-ever audience deliveries among Persons 2+ and in Households. Also, for the five-day (Monday-Friday, 6–7 p.m. ET) time period average, “Transformers Prime” was the top co-viewed program among all kids cable networks with 43% of Kids 2-11 watching with Adults 18-49.*
Prior to the series’ February 11 premiere, The Hub will present an encore presentation of the “Transformers Prime” five-part mini-series, beginning Friday, January 14 (4 p.m. ET) with back-to-back presentations of the first two half-hour episodes of the mini-series. On successive Fridays in the same time period, The Hub will present two additional episodes of the mini-series, leading to the February series premiere.
The new animated series will feature archrivals the Autobots and Decepticons as they once again face-off in their epic rivalry for control of Earth. The all-new mini-series will feature iconic characters of the franchise, including Autobots Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, and the ominous Decepticon Megatron, as well as introducing new human characters to the action series.
The Hub, which rebranded from the former Discovery Kids on 10-10-10, is a joint venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., and is available to 61 million U.S. cable and satellite households.
“Transformers Prime” is produced for The Hub by Hasbro Studios. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Kline are executive producers. Kurtzman and Orci served as co-writers and producers on the hit feature film Star Trek, and are currently co-writers and producers for the feature film Cowboys and Aliens from Dreamworks/Universal, set for release in summer 2011. Kline is also executive producer of The Hub animated series “G.I. Joe Renegades.”
*(Source: Nielsen Media Research; program based dayparts; most current; 11/29/10-12/3/10, co-viewing in NPower, L+7)
On Location Vacations says Spider-Man fans in California can watch for filming to happen at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower through Wednesday of this week.
Then shoot moves to Taft High School in Woodland Hills on the 5th and 6th.
Comics2Film at Mania.com can exclusively report that screenwriter Gregory Widen is set to adapt Keith Arem's original graphic Ascend to the big screen.
The story focuses on a future world where a war over human souls has destroyed Heaven and Hell. Sebastian, a young human tragically killed and unwillingly drafted into the war, is reunited with his deceased brother, Gideon, the most powerful angel in the Legions of Heaven, who plans to lead a coup to regain power and restore order. Realizing he holds the key to ending the war, Sebastian must face his brother, before Gideon destroys the cycle of life on Earth.
Widen is best known as the creator of the lucrative Highlander franchise, which he launched with his spec script back in the mid 1980s. He's no stranger to angelic conflict either, having created another successful film franchise in The Prophecy, the original of which he wrote and directed.
Stephen L'Heureux of Solipsist Film is producing.
Created by Arem with artwork by Christopher Shy, the comic was published initially by Image Comics in 2005. A remastered version was published in 2008 by IDW Publishing. Additional information about the graphic novel can be found at PrepareToAscend.com.
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9, named by School Library Journal as one of the "Best Comics for Kids 2010"! Issues #1, #2 and #3 are in stores now. Issue #4 arrives in stores January 5th . Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!