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Sci Fi, Virgin get ‘Stranded’

Mike Carey to write adventure fantasy series

Sci Fi Channel and Virgin Comics have greenlit the first project under their new joint venture, tapping Mike Carey (“X-Men,” “Ultimate Fantastic Four”) to pen an adventure fantasy series dubbed “The Stranded.”

Project is set to be unveiled Thursday at the opening of Comic-Con. Announcement comes six months after the unveiling of Sci Fi/Virgin Comics initiative at the Gotham edition of Comic-Con (Daily Variety, Feb. 6).

Diamond Comics will distribute the title, which will be released later this year with separate covers from Mark Silvestri (“Witchblade”) and Greg Horn (“Elektra”). If successful, Sci Fi/Virgin plans to exploit “The Stranded” across multiple platforms, including TV and features.

“The Stranded” will tell the story of five ordinary people living on Earth who, it turns out, are actually from a world called Standfire. Their past has returned — not to haunt them, but to kill them.

Sci Fi exec VP-general manager Dave Howe said Carey’s new creations have “the power and potential to come to life everywhere their story is told.”

And while Sci Fi/Virgin is first focusing on getting “The Stranded” into print, Virgin Comics CEO Sharad Devarajan made it clear the franchise will likely expand.

“This partnership with Sci Fi creates an opportunity for comic writers to develop stories that move far beyond the printed page,” he said.

Carey is a major force in the comicbook world, writing for various Marvel and DC Comics franchises. His own creations include “Faker,” “Crossing Midnight” and “The Re-gifters.”

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