‘Dog’ unleashed as a CG thriller

Platinum, Relativity adapt Italo comicbook

Platinum Studios and Relativity Management have teamed with Vancouver’s the Shop Animation Studios to develop and co-produce “Dylan Dog: The Fourth Kingdom,” based on an Italian comicbook series.

Platinum and Relativity bill the feature as the first CG thriller. Scheduled to begin production in March, Relativity handles foreign sales on the film.

The Shop co-founder Ian Pearson will direct, based on a script he co-wrote with Gavin Blair. Pic follows the latest case of nightmare investigator Dylan Dog, who must stop a supernatural serial killer before the forces of heaven and hell unleash Armageddon.

Producers are Aaron L. Gilbert, president and co-founder of the Shop, and Platinum Studios chairman Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh serves as executive producer with Ervin Rustemagic.

Created by Tiziano Sclavi, “Dylan Dog” has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide since its 1985 debut.

Pearson is also the former president and CEO of Mainframe Entertainment, where his credits included “Reboot,” “Barbie in the Nutcracker,” “Action Man,” “War Planets” and “Weird-Ohs.”

Relativity most recently served as executive producer on George Romero’s “Land of the Dead.”

Platinum controls a library of more than 2,000 comicbook characters, including the properties “Men in Black” and “The Darkness,” now in development at Dimension Films.

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