Bob Schreck tapped as editor of imprint

Legendary Pictures is launching a graphic novel imprint and has tapped veteran editor Bob Schreck as editor-in-chief.

Schreck, who has been at IDW, begins at Legendary Comics this week and plans to release the inaugural project within the first half of next year.

Legendary, which made the announcement Wednesday, said Schreck will be working closely with Kathy Vrabeck, president of Legendary Digital. It said the duo aims to exploit Legendary’s new graphic novels on other platforms such as film and television.

Legendary chairman and chief executive Thomas Tull called Schreck an “iconic” editor. “Legendary Comics is committed to being a new home for groundbreaking artists and the characters and stories they create, in an art form we love,” he said in a statement.

Schreck most recently served as senior editor at IDW. He spent nearly a decade working for DC comics where he started in 1990 after founding Oni Press. He also worked at Dark Horse Comics.

Legendary raised $1 billion in 2007 to co-finance films with Warner Bros., which has led to partnerships on “Inception,” “Clash of the Titans,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Hangover.” “300,” based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, was a major hit in 2007 for Warners and Legendary with worldwide grosses topping $450 million.

It’s developing feature versions of “Warcraft,” with Sam Raimi attached to direct; “Godzilla”; and “Mass Effect,” based on Electronic Arts and BioWare’s videogame franchise.

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