California Pictures expands into digital space

Deal brings 'Boondock,' 'Deadtown' to motion comics, other platforms

California Pictures, founded by Howard Hughes and Preston Sturges in 1944, is expanding into the digital space.

The company, which was reincorporated four years ago by Steven Istock, has struck a a deal with M2’s Adam Martin and Eben Matthews and their producing partner Geller Entertainment Group’s D. Matt Geller and Adam Lerner to exploit “Boondock Saints” and “Deadtown” in motion comics and other platforms.

The original actioner “Boondock Saints,” directed by Troy Duffy, took in only $30,000 in 2000 while becoming a cult favorite. The 2009 sequel grossed over $10 million.

Previously, California Pictures produced and distributed “A Warrior’s Heart,” which made its debut last year at Cannes. It unveiled sci-fi actioner “Scavengers” at Cannes this year and sold distribution for German-speaking territories and Benelux.

“Scavengers,” currently in final post-production, stars Sean Patrick Flanery, Jeremy London and Roark Critchlow. Directed by Travis Zariwny, it follows two rival space crews that battle to obtain superior technology known as the Chaos Generator that threatens the balance of the known universe.

Earlier this year, the banner signed on to produce and package “After the Storm,” a drama from writer-director Cole Wiley that stars Wendell Pierce.

Prior to forming California Pictures, Istock was a partner at Strategic Film Partners and president of Camelot Entertainment Group.

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