A Jurassic classic of comic book and video game fame is coming to the screen as The Weinstein Co. and Classic Media’s Gold Key games division bring the animated feature Turok: Son of Stone to this year’s American Film Market (AFM) in Los Angeles. and produced by Turok Prods., the pic will be distributed on home video domestically by Weinstein Co. subsidiary Genius Products.
In the film, Turok returns home after twenty years in exile to find his village in ruins, his people annihilated by their ruthless enemy, Chichak, and his brother, Nashoba, dying. Upon his brother’s death, Turok swears revenge and seeks to protect his brother’s wife and son. To keep his promise, our hero will have to journey to the Lost Land, a savage and primeval world outside of time, and struggle with dinosaurs, cave dwellers, and even his own spirit.
Turok is voiced by Adam Beach (Flags of our Fathers, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee), leading a cast that includes Robert Knepper (Good Night, and Good Luck), Irene Bedard (The New World), Cree Summer (Rugrats) and Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves).
Supervising director on Turok: Son of Stone is Tad Stones, who most recently served as supervising director of the animated DVD feature Hellboy: Blood and Iron, which he co-wrote with Mike Mignola, creator of the Hellboy comics. In bringing Turok to the screen, Stones got some help from accomplished directors Dan Riba, Curt Geda and Frank Squillace. Two-time Emmy winner Riba has directed episodes of the animated series Justice League, Batman Beyond and Superman: The Animated Series, as well as Batman Beyond: The Movie. Fellow Emmy winner Geda has directed such animated movies as Ultimate Avengers, Superman: Brainiac Attacks, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Squillace’s directorial credits include Jackie Chan Adventures, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee and X-Men: The Animated Series.
First published in 1954, the Turok comics were created by Gaylord Du Bois and originally illustrated by Rex Maxon. The animated movie makes its way to the market as Disney’s Buena Vista Games is developing new Turok video game.