Stan Winston may no longer be creating creatures at his studio, but the late special effects vet’s pet projects could live on through a new licensing deal with Shevick*Zupon Entertainment, which will manage nine previously unseen works and launch them across a variety of entertainment platforms.
As part of a deal with Stan Winston Enterprises, the estate of the effects artist, Shevick*Zupon will represent and market all intellectual property controlled by the estate under the brand name “Stan Winston’s Creatures.” That includes turning the works into movies, TV shows, comicbooks, videogames and other forms of entertainment.
Winston is best known for the robots in the “Terminator” franchise, the dinosaurs of “Jurassic Park” and more recently the Iron Man suit through his company, which handled effects work for mostly big-budget studio productions. But in his spare time, he had also been developing his own concepts.
Those include nine seperate properties, with their own worlds, mythologies and characters, such as “Extreme Gargoyles,” “Mutant Earth,” “Realm of the Claw,” “Robot Revolt,” “Four Horsemen,” “Morgoolum,” “Alien Universe,” Dark World” and “Blood Wolves.”
“Robot Revolt,” for example, revolves around a group of teenagers who work as a mining team on an asteroid belt, controlling large robots with their minds. When an evil dictator takes over their universe, their minds are melded into the robot bodies and the group leads a revolt against the enemy.
Some of the properties exist only in prototype form as models or concept art, for example, while others had been featured in graphic novels or produced as toys for a limited time. Others were designed for videogames or have fully written scripts that accompany the works.
Most of the creatures exist in their own universe, though some cross over, such as Trakk, the time-traveling monster hunter who appears in both “Blood Wolves” and “Mutant Earth.”
The properties will be on display on the show floor of this week’s Comic-Con confab in San Diego at the “Stan Winston Creatures” exhibit.
“Stan was a creative genius and he left behind a wealth of imaginative characters,” said Jerry Shevick, president of Shevick*Zupon Entertainment, a brand licensing shop and production shingle. “Some of this intellectual property has never seen the light of day, and it’s our mission to share it with new generations of fans to enjoy while unlocking the economic value for the benefit of Stan’s estate and heirs.”
Erich Litoff, co-manager of the Stan Winston Estate and Stan Winston’s son-in-law, said: “In Jerry and his team at Shevick*Zupon, the Winston family feels that we’ve found a creative partner who is just as excited and passionate about Stan’s work as we are.”
Pact with Winston marks one of Shevick*Zupon’s first major deals since launching earlier this year. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company was co-created with Mark Zupon as a reality television production company and licensing firm. TV vet Amy Shpall-Appel spearheads development at the company, while licensing and merchandising is overseen by Sid Kaufman.
Shevick’s credits include executive producing Syfy’s series “Hunting Hollywood,” which follows auctioneer Joe Maddalena as he hunts for memorabilia. Shevick spent the past 20 years as exec VP for Hearst Entertainment, where he guided shows like History Channel’s “Modern Marvels,” Bravo’s docu-series “Tabloid Wars,” and the syndicated series “Popular Mechanics for Kids.”