Brilliant in talks with cablers
The producers behind the 3-D-animated “Gravity Angels” — heralded as the first movie created for the Internet — are hoping to sell it at the NATPE confab this month in New Orleans.Brilliant Digital, the Los Angeles-based producers of the 90-minute sci-fi action thriller, is in talks with Sci-Fi Channel, Showtime and other cablers to pick up the rights. The company has partnered with Kaleidoscope Media Group to handle distribution rights. Pic, about six characters who have been banished to a moon of Jupiter in the year 2070, is available on CD-ROM and on the Internet (www.multipathmovies.com) as a Web serial with new 15-minute episodes available to viewers each week for $8.95 per quarter. On the Web site, viewers can choose which path the story’s plot should take. To allow this, Brilliant Digital had to produce 240 minutes of the film. “Each person’s experience will be different,” said Kevin Bermeister, prexy of Brilliant Digital. “The computer remembers which path you last took.” Bermeister said the extra footage also allows networks to rerun the pic with alternate endings and different plot twists. The Internet site features 16 multipath movie episodes based on licensed characters such as Xena, Ace Ventura and Popeye. “Gravity Angels” first appeared on the site in September and has attracted 500,000 viewers. But where traditional Internet broadcasts appear jerky and pixilated, “Gravity Angels” can be viewed full- screen on a computer monitor and downloaded quickly, using a modified form of streaming video. And, as opposed to traditional animated pics, “Gravity Angels” has a more adult-oriented audience, similar to the R-rated animated “Spawn” series that aired on HBO. A CD-ROM of the pic is available at retailers. An interactive DVD, which allows viewers to affect the plot further still, will be released by March. Additionally, Brilliant Digital has a deal with DC Comics and Warner Bros. Online to produce a weekly series of 3-D animated “Superman” cartoons to appear on the Brilliant Digital, DC Comics and Warner’s upcoming Entertaindom Web sites later this year. DC Comics will write the scripts for the series. “It’ll be the future of comic books online,” Bermeister said.