Branson’s Virgin Animation to Fly in India

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation are being set up in India by Virgin Air mogul Richard Branson, filmmaker Shekar Kapur, author Deepak Chopra and Gotham Entertainment Group. Based in Bangalore, the new companies will reportedly mix Eastern and Western mythologies in the creation of original properties from the likes of Kapur and fellow director John Woo.

Virgin Comics expects to release its initial titles this year.One property is being co-created by Woo, while Kapur crafts story elements for the company. Meanwhile, the animation branch will focus on building production and distribution partnerships for animated features, both traditional and CG. Other avenues considered for exploration include television, gaming and wireless.

Gotham Chopra serves as chief creative officer for the entities, while business partner Sharad Devarajan serves as CEO. Suresh Seetharaman will be president of Indian operations.