Shannon Eric Denton, who is currently writing and producing on the upcoming animated series World of Quest for Warner Bros., dropped us a line telling us that rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube (Anaconda) is in negotiations to produce a movie adaptation of 10, a graphic novel Denton co-created with Eisner Award winner Keith Giffen. In addition to producing with CubeVision partner Matt Alvarez and Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert and Rick Jacobs, Cube would also star in the film for Weinstein Co. offshoot Dimension.
In 10, a man receives as letter informing him that he is in a survival competition with nine other individuals and blows it off until a man shows up on his doorstep with an axe. Screenwriters Gustin Nash and Jesse Cale have been tapped to bang out an adaptation of the graphic novel.
‘I pitched it to our producer, Rick Jacobs, and he had the vision to get Gustin Nash on the screenplay and bring Ice Cube onto the project,’ Denton tells us. ‘We couldn’t be happier with this team and the interest Dimension showed by optioning the property.”
Denton is a veteran storyteller and artist with credits at Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., Jerry Bruckheimer Films, NBC, Disney, Sony, ToyBiz, Marvel Ent., FoxKids, DC Comics and Nickelodeon. He was a storyboard artist on the Oscar-nominated feature Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, for which he directed original commercial animation.
From 1995-1999, Denton contributed to the design and development of almost every animated action-adventure show produced by the Fox Kids Network, including X-Men, Spider-Man and the Annie-nominated Silver Surfer series. He also did comic-book work for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Image. Denton is the co-founder of the online entity KomikWerks (www.komikwerks.com), which has partnered with AOL and comic legend Stan Lee, and has launched a new line of illustrated children’s action books under the Actionopolis (www.actionopolis.com) imprint.