Archive for the ‘Director’s Cut’ Category

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Gamekeeper Creator Guy Ritchie to Direct Sherlock Holmes Film

July 10, 2008

Guy Ritchie is making the leap from gamekeepers to detectives. According to Variety, the creator of Virgin Comics’ GAMEKEEPER will direct SHERLOCK HOLMES for Warner Brothers. The drama, which stars Robert Downy, Jr. in the titular role, will begin shooting in October.

Guy Ritchie is also set to direct a feature film adaptation of GAMEKEEPER for Warner Brothers with producer Joel Silver. The latest issue of GUY RITCHIE’S GAMEKEEPER Series 2 (issue #5) is available now at comic stores. Look for it on our Virgin Comics Store soon, and in the meantime check out issue #4.

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Dock Walloper #4 & Podcast with Jimmy Palmiotti

May 7, 2008

Ed Burns’ Dock Walloper #4 is on sale today and also this weeks featured item on Comixology. They have a 5-page preview and podcast with series writer Jimmy Palmiotti, which you can check out here.

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Guy Ritchie’s “Next Level” Nike Advert

April 29, 2008

Premiering today is the “Next Level” Nike commercial directed by Guy Ritchie, creator of Virgin Comics’ Gamekeeper series.

According to Ritchie, “This ad is essentially following the journey, the rise of a soccer superstar. It’s all done through the point of view of the player and is actually the largest advert I have ever filmed.”

Read the full story here and check out the preview below.

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Put Virgin Comics In Your FCBD Video And Get A Free Gamekeeper Hardcover Book!

April 24, 2008

Free Comic Book Day is inviting comic book fans to create their own mini commercials on why they love comic books and Free Comic Book Day, with the most creative commercial winning a $250 gift certificate to their favorite comic book store. Check out http://www.youtube.com/user/FCBD08 for more info.

We at Virgin Comics are already proud sponsors of FCBD, but we want to take our involvement one step further. For anyone that features any Virgin Comics title in their video, we’ll send you free copy of the limited edition Hardcover collection of Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper Vol. 1 ($30 value, only 1,500 were printed). All you have you do is send a link to your YouTube video to win@virgincomics.com with “FCBD” in the subject. Please include your mailing address. This is not a random drawing. EVERYONE that sends us a video which showcases a Virgin Comics title will win a free book. We do have limited supplies, so if we get an overwhelming response and run out of Gamekeeper books, you will get a prize of comparable value.

Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. Free Comic Book Day is being held on Saturday May 3rd this year. For more information go to www.freecomicbookday.com and be sure to pick up Virgin Comics’ Dan Dare/The Stranded flip-book. Get a preview here.

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MOSTOW! MOSTOW! MOSTOW!

April 11, 2008

In case you haven’t heard, the creator of our Director’s Cut series The Megas, Jonathan Mostow, is Executive Producer of Will Smith’s upcoming summer blockbuster, Hancok. It’ll be in theatres on July 2nd, and looks to be a really entertaining and unique take on the superhero genre. Check out the trailer here.

Mostow’s also been in the news this week with casting announcements on the next film he’ll be directing—an adaptation of the graphic novel The Surrogates. Joining Bruce Willis in the cast is Ving Rhames, Radha Mitchell and others. Read all about it here.

And to round this mega-Mostow update… we recently posted a brand new trailer for the Megas on YouTube. Enjoy!

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MySpaceTV Showcases Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper Trailer on Homepage

April 9, 2008

The animated trailer for Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper has been selected as featured content on MySpaceTV, the viral video community of MySpace. Concurrently, the trailer is also the Featured Video of the social networking site’s comic book community, MySpace Comic Books.

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Shekhar Kapur on CNN: Talk Asia

March 21, 2008

Shekhar Kapur, director of the Oscar-winning Elizabeth and one of Virgin Comics’ Chief Visionaries, will be on CNN: Talk Asia over the weekend to talk about his films, passions, and inspirations. Click here to get the show times or submit questions for him to answer.

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Inside Virgin Comics with Gotham Chopra: Audioshocker Interview

March 19, 2008
A few weeks ago, someone forwarded me a link to a Nick Marino’s and Neal Shyam’s audioshocker podcast in which, amongst other things, they shared their thoughts on some of our books. At best, their reviews could be described as a mixed bag. That said, there was also clearly an intrigue around some of what we were doing and that caught my attention. So I decided to do what any big deal entertainment executive would do, I commented on their site and requested that they guys have me on their show to answer their questions. The good guys that they are, Neal and Nick invited me in to their show and the following link will take you right into our candid conversation about all things Virgin Comics.

Cutting to the chase, the gist of the interview centers on the business of comics and the huge challenges that all of the publishers are facing. In this brave new digital world, selling comics at the comic shop isn’t an easy task and yet it remains the most critical entry point for any publisher trying to establish a real presence in the industry. Sure you can come up with all sorts of dotcomics and slick up your trades for the mass market but first and foremost you have to charm the comic geeks if you hope to survive. In a world crowded by Superheros and Super-Heros, that’s no easy task. And yet, here we are, two years later, kicking and screaming, and hopefully, making our presence felt.

Anyone who’s got a taste of Virgin Comics knows that our books are split into two buckets, our “Indian stuff” and our “celebrity stuff.” Without going into all the detail that the interview does, the summary is that we’re trying to be original. We recognize the unique medium of comics, and how they can be used to incubate original ideas and stories. While we are always respectful of the comic itself, knowing that it’s an artform unto itself, we also know that it’s a great medium to nurture stories that can go on to live on film, tv, as video games, or online. Anyone that’s tracked us at all knows that so far so good here at Virgin. We’ve been able to create some distinctive books and managed to get them in the pipeline with some larger media companies to now evolve them as films, games, etc. That part of the process we don’t really control, though if requested, we’re happy to offer our two cents.

So without further adieu, check out the interview and let us know what you think. Aside from continuing to build out this company, our agenda is also to make the process as transparent as possible. Because, in our humble opinion, it’s not just the stories that we are creating that we hope are interesting and engaging, but the story about building the stories, that may be the most interesting. But that’s just my opinion. Why don’t you be the judge.

Gotham Chopra

Link to the interview with Gotham: http://www.audioshocker.com/2008/03/18/podcast-episode-023

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Guy Ritchie’s GAMEKEEPER Series 2 #1 ON SALE TODAY!

March 12, 2008

You’ve read the 6 page preview on Ain’t it Cool News or Comixology, now you can get Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper Series 2 issue #1 at comic shops or avail the free shipping offer from VirginComicsStore.com


Mukesh Singh cover

Dean Ormston cover

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Get Ready for Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper Series 2 Launch: Featured Item of the Week!

March 11, 2008

Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper is back with a new story arc, bringing together fan-favorite writer Jeff Parker (X-Men: First Class, Walk-In) and artists Ron Randall (Star Wars, Star Trek) and Ron Chan (Flytrap, A Dummy’s Guide to Danger). Issue #1 goes on sale tomorrow (3/12) but you can head over to Comixology now to check out a 6-page preview and hear the podcast with Jeff, Ron R. and Ron C.

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