Kickstart Entertainment, the production company that launched Mark Millar and J.G. Jones' "Wanted" into theaters with Angelina Jolie, announced that they have picked up the option for Image Comics title "Dear Dracula." The title comes from Image and Shadowline's Silver Books imprint, which much like Marvel Comics' "Marvel Super Hero Squad" offshoot, wants to reach out to younger comics readers.
"Dear Dracula" rounds out a more kid-friendly niche in Kickstart's current lineup of properties, according to a report on ICv2. The 48-page graphic novel, written by Joshua Williamson and illustrated by Vincente “Vinny” Navarrete, tells the story of a boy whose love for horror movies drives him to write a letter to Dracula on Halloween in same the way children write to Santa Claus at Christmas.
Other comic book properties currently housed at Kickstart include Garth Ennis' classic, extremely mature Vertigo series "Preacher," as well as his current Dynamite series "The Boys." They also have the rights to "The Red Star," "Monster Attack Network," and "The Couriers."
Shadowline is run by Image Comics co-founder and "ShadowHawk" creator Jim Valentino, who began Silverline in an effort to create books that blur the line between comic books and tradition children's book formats. With all of the heavy action-soaked comics adaptations hitting screens with movies like "Wolverine" and "The Dark Knight," a few more greenlit tales like "Dear Dracula" may open up some doors for additional G-rated genre comics-based films as well.
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