Platinum, The Shop Talk CG Horror

Comic-book library controller Platinum Studios and computer animation production company The Shop Prods. are developing what may be the first feature-length, theatrically distributed CG horror film. Writer Alan McElroy will adapt Platinum Studios’ upcoming graphic novel Bonesaw by Rob Moran. Talent firm Relativity Management will be co-finance the picture and is arranging the international elements. Production is set to begin in Vancouver in early 2006 for completion in the fall of 2007.

Bonesaw tells the story of a horror-fantasy writer who discovers that her hit novels are about to release into our world a villain named Bonesaw and the other hellish creatures she’s been writing about. The film is budgeted at around $18 million, roughly the cost of the average live-action theatrical horror pic.

"Bonesaw will do for animation what Sin City has done for live action–set a new paradigm for visual style," boasts Ian Pearson, co-founder of The Shop. "This represents another chance for us to redefine what CG storytelling is all about and to show the world how far you can go.”

McElroy previously teamed with Spawn creator Todd McFarlane to write both the Spawn feature film and the Emmy-winning first season of the animated series that aired on HBO. More recently, he scripted the upcoming Fox release The Marine for the producers of Walking Tall and The Rundown, both starring wrestling superstar, The Rock.

Platinum is founded by chairman Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, who is responsible for bringing the Men In Black comic book to Sony Pictures. Rosenberg says his company has several projects in development with major studios, including Cowboys & Aliens with Sony, Unique with Disney and Mal Chance with Miramax. Other upcoming projects include Dead of Night by Sahara scribes Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, and a 10-Picture slate with comic company Gold Circle. The company has also recently acquired rights to Hexagon Comics, a large, creator-owned comic book syndicate operating in Europe.

For the small screen, Platinum brought the graphic novel series Jeremiah to Showtime and is currently working on a feature film prequel to the show, which starred Luke Perry and Sean Astin.

Also in development at Platinum and The Shop is a computer-animated thriller based on the Dylan Dog comic-book series. Dylan Dog: The Fourth Kingdom is set to go into pre-production in June.

Producing Bonesaw alongside Rosenberg and Pearson is The Shop co-founder Aaron L. Gilbert. Platinum’s director of development, Aaron Severson, and director of production, Jay Burns, will co-produce.