Redwood City, Calif.-based Parallax Media Ventures is developing a new animated feature based on John Hart’s classic comic series B.C. The feature, titled B.C.: Back to Civilization, will be eyeing an early 2021 release date. Parallax is meeting with potential partners and financiers for the project at the the Licensing Expo May 22-24 in Las Vegas.
Founded in 2015, Parallax Media Ventures is led by Kevin Richardson, a former exec and and senior producer at Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts and Mattel Interactive, and on feature films for LucasFilms, Hyperion, Colossal; Wang Films Taiwan, MS Films Germany, KingKey Animation China and Studio Climb Malaysia.
“B.C. is an American classic like apple pie and baseball,” says Kevin Richardson. “Sixty years strong, the daily strip runs in over 800 North American newspapers – newspapers with a reach of 64.4 million readers. This gives us a tremendous connection to the fans, and allows us to expand B.C. to an on-screen and off-screen experience. Mason, Mick, and Patti at Hart Studios have helped us understand and blow out the characters – right down to what they eat for breakfast! Thanks to the time-tested and quirky ensemble, there’s no shortage of fun material to work with.”
“Today, Johnny Hart’s grandsons Mason and Mick are the wizards behind the daily comic strip,” said Patti Hart of John Hart Studios. “Using their grandfather’s playbook, they take inspiration from trends, headlines, and the politics du-jour and spin them into timeless commentaries and general silliness. We are super excited about seeing B.C. continue its journey onto the big screen. It’s been a great pleasure working with Parallax Media Ventures. Kevin has put together an amazing team and their level of professionalism continues to impress us.”
The Parallax B.C. team includes Julia Lundman, Claus Dzalakowski, David Fulp, Mike Cachuela, Jim Beihold and Jaikumar Balasubramanian. Parallax Media Ventures is a boutique global animation storytelling production studio that focuses on early-stage independent feature film properties. Parallax currently has several properties in development. For more info, visit www.parallaxmedia.ventures.