Late last year, we brought you the first trailer for "Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods," the upcoming feature-length documentary about one of the comics industry's most popular (and fascinating) creative minds.
Today we bring you the exclusive news that the biopic has not only been picked up by indie distributor Halo-8 Entertainment, but it will also make its debut at New York Comic Con later this year (instead of Comic-Con International in San Diego), followed by a limited theatrical run. Oh, and we also have a brand new clip from the film:
Directed by Patrick Meaney, "Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods" chronicles the "We3" and "All Star Superman" writer's long career in the comics biz, which includes groundbreaking runs on "Animal Man" and "The Doom Patrol," among other critically acclaimed projects. Interviews with the writer are cut with discussion of his work with notable comic creators from every corner of the industry, such as Warren Ellis, Geoff Johns, and as you saw in the clip above, Mark Waid.
The film promises to offer insight into his creative process and the inspiration for many of his popular takes on well-known superheroes — such as the real-life Superman experience from teh clip above that informed his "All Star Superman" series.
Halo-8 Entertainment recently announced plans produce "Black Sky," the animated "illustrated film" by Ben Templesmith ("30 Days of Night"), as well as "Hack/Slash" creator Tim Seeley's "Loaded Bible" and James Farr's "Xombie: Dead On Arrival."
Here's the official word from Halo-8 about their plans for the "Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods" documentary:
HALO-8 PICKS UP GRANT MORRISON: TALKING WITH GODS
- Indie distrib acquires docu on mysterious, iconic comic book writer -
Los Angeles, CA, July 7, 2010 - Halo-8 Entertainment has secured worldwide rights to "GRANT MORRISON: TALKING WITH GODS," the first ever feature-length documentary on the mysterious and iconic Grant Morrison, one of the most critically-acclaimed and best-selling writers in the history of comics, known for the groundbreaking, counter-cultural "THE INVISIBLES" and for bold reinventions of super-heroes "ANIMAL MAN," "DOOM PATROL," "JLA" and "ALL STAR SUPERMAN." Directed by Patrick Meaney, produced by Amber Yoder, and shot by Jordan Rennert, the film was previewed at Chicago's C2E2 Comic Con where Halo-8 president Matt Pizzolo first viewed it. Halo-8, which has a track record for distributing alternative-culture documentaries as well as publishing comic books, is slating the film for a limited theatrical run following a kickoff at the New York Comic Con in Fall 2010.
"Grant Morrison is a transcendent, transgressive artist, he changed the way a lot of us read comics while also blowing the minds of people who don't read comics at all. On a personal level, he's a hero of mine, so I'm particularly excited about championing this film," said Pizzolo. "Patrick, Amber, and Jordan have put together a smart, slick, and insightful film that offers a deeper look at the writer without demystifying him... that's no simple feat. I knew the moment I saw the preview clips at C2E2 that this was something special."
"It's extremely exciting to partner with Halo-8 to release this film. They have extensive experience releasing films that are challenging and transgressive, just like Grant's work, so it seems like the perfect match. I've been nothing but impressed by their plans for getting the film out there," said Meaney. "Talking With Gods is a unique film that needs a unique distributor and Halo-8 is the perfect match."
"We're encouraged by the enthusiasm and experience that Halo-8 is bringing to the project," said Yoder. "They know our audience and the marketplace, and we're excited to be working with them."
GRANT MORRISON: TALKING WITH GODS examines Morrison's 30-year career and the real-life events that inspired his stories. Featuring extensive interviews with Morrison himself, the film delves into his early days growing up in Scotland, the start of his career in comics, the crazy years of the '90s as his life and his comics became enmeshed, and his recent attempts to turn personal troubles and social darkness into compelling comics. The film also gives insight into his creative process, including a look into his vaunted idea notebooks. Complementing Morrison's own words are interviews with many of his most important collaborators, including Warren Ellis, Geoff Johns, Douglas Rushkoff, Frank Quitely, Dan DiDio, Frazer Irving, Phil Jimenez, Cameron Stewart, Jill Thompson, Mark Waid, and others.
"The film is designed to be accessible both to long time fans of Morrison and to people who don't know who he is but are interested in the story of a modern philosopher and magician with radical ideas about the universe and our place in it," said Meaney.
About Halo-8 Entertainment
Halo-8 Entertainment (www.halo8.tv) is a Hollywood-2.0 movie studio using bleeding-edge strategies to create and distribute daring new films. Recent releases include the megapopular animated series Xombie: Dead On Arrival (which Bloody Disgusting called "one of the best online animated series to date"), the legendary NY hardcore documentary N.Y.H.C. (which Cinematical called "smashing... a terrific, well-told, engaging story"), the award-winning hardcore-punk thriller Threat (which Urb Magazine said "makes 'Kids' look like an after-school special"), and the critically-acclaimed animal rights documentary Your Mommy Kills Animals (which earned a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes). Upcoming releases include the erotic-art documentary The New Erotic (featuring XXX-auteurs Eon McKai, Kimberly Kane, Dave Naz, Jack The Zipper, Alejandra Guerrero), the animated war-against-squid movie Black Sky by Ben Templesmith ("30 Days of Night"), the Jesus vs vampires adventure Loaded Bible by Tim Seeley ("Hack/Slash"), and the iconoclastic hero's journey Godkiller (which Wired called "a horrific yarn of apocalypse, quantum physics, culture jamming & conspiracy theory").
"Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods" is expected to debut at New York Comic Con in October 2010. You can find out more about Halo-8 at www.halo8.tv.
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