Hollywood dealmaker Skip Brittenham has teamed with writer Brian Haberlin on sci-fi graphic novel “Anomaly,” and a feature adaptation is in development with Joe Roth.
“Anomaly” will be released in October as a 370-page hardcover book — it’s touted as the longest full-color original graphic novel ever published — and as a stand-alone tablet app narrated by actors including Vincent Corazza, Nana Visitor, Olivia D’Abo, Dave Fennoy, Keith Szarabajka, Hudson Leick and Anthony Cistaro.
Brittenham, a senior partner of Ziffren Brittenham, and Haberlin have been working on the project for several years.
“Anomaly,” illustrated by Haberlin and Geirrod Van Dyke, is set in the year 2717 with most humans living in off-world colonies and a single corporation, the Conglomerate, routinely conquering other planets to steal their resources. The story follows a group of explorers who embark on a diplomatic mission to a mysterious planet, only to find themselves embroiled in a conflict involving its exotic inhabitants.
Brittenham and Haberlin worked with academicians in philosophy, religion and science to develop the story’s cultural landscape and planetary functions based on actual historical and scientific facts. The stand-alone tablet app will be available for multiple platforms and sport many interactive features.
“We want ‘Anomaly’ to be a truly innovative reading experience, with a dimension of interactivity that has never been done before,” Brittenham said. “Brian and I have tried to create an action-adventure that also includes serious ideas in a deeply immersive environment, and we’ve designed the interface so that the consumers can choose how they wish to consume it.”
Brittenham has worked closely with Pixar, DreamWorks Animation and Illumination Entertainment and has served on the boards of both Pixar and DreamWorks Animation.
Haberlin’s career includes working at Top Cow Prods. and Todd MacFarlane Prods., founding Haberlin Studios and co-founding Avalon Studios. He currently runs Digitalarttutorials.com and teaches comic art at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.