You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Twilight’ producers to adapt ‘Head Smash’ (Exclusive)

Producers use fanfest circuit to launch grassroot campaign

“The Twilight Saga” producers Mark Morgan and Imprint Entertainment-chief Michael Becker have joined the Vladar Co. to produce the film adaptation of Arcana Comics’ upcoming graphic novel “Head Smash.”

First ten pages of the book debuted at New York Comic Con on Thursday. Property was first introduced at San Diego Comic-Con this summer.

Producers are using the fanfest circuit to launch a grassroots campaign to introduce the characters.

“We’re essentially introducing a new graphic novel hero to the world and are competing against graphic novels that have been out for quite some time,” said the Vladar Co’s Edwin Mejia. “The main goal is to bring it to life.”

The sci-fi thriller revolves around a loyal soldier of the brutal crime syndicate Horde, who armed with a serum that gives him superhuman strength, seeks revenge against the group that betrays him and takes his family.

“It’s a gritty story with a lot of action that is really visual and lends itself well to both a graphic novel and a feature,” Yudin said.

The Vladar Co.’s Vlad Yudin and Mejia are shepherding both the book and film. Yudin also is penning the script for the pic, based on the book written by Erik Hendrix and illustrated by Dwayne Harris. Yudin developed the original story.

Arcana co-founder Sean Patrick O’Reilly also will serve as a co-producer on the film, which producers hope to start lensing next summer with a mid-range budget.

Since launching their shingle in 2008, Yudin has written, directed and produced the documentary “Big Pun: The Legacy” about the late rapper Christopher Lee Rios, and the dramedy “Last Day of Summer,” starring DJ Qualls and actress Nikki Reed.

In addition to wrapping up the “Twilight” franchise, Morgan recently executive produced Fox’s “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” while Imprint is readying the indie drug drama “Kid Cannabis,” that John Stockwell wrote and will direct with a cast that includes Ron Perlman, Kenny Wormald and Jonathan Daniel Brown.

More Biz

  • China’s Maoyan Tweaks Terms for $350

    China’s Maoyan Tweaks Terms of $350 Million IPO

    Maoyan Entertainment, the Chinese ticketing giant, has updated the terms of its share offer in order to keep its IPO on course. It aims to raise up to $350 million of new cash by floating on the Hong Kong stock market. In a new draft prospectus published Tuesday, the company revealed that it had brought [...]


    Tyler Perry: 6 Lessons He Shared at NATPE's 'Living the Dream' Summit

    MIAMI — Tyler Perry took time out of his “Madea’s Farewell” live stage tour and spent his Martin Luther King Jr. holiday giving an inspiring speech to aspiring producers and students gathered here for the annual NATPE convention. Perry was the keynoter Monday at the conference’s first ever “Living the Dream: A Career in Content” session [...]

  • FILE - In this Jan. 12,

    How to Watch the Patriots vs. Chiefs - AFC Championship

    The conference championships are set to take place Sunday, Jan. 20 ahead of Feb. 3’s Super Bowl LIII, with the top two teams in each the AFC and NFC conferences going head to head. The second game, the New England Patriots against the Kansas City Chiefs, is set to begin at 6:40 p.m. ET at [...]

  • The line of scrimmage between the

    How to Watch Rams vs. Saints Online - NFC Championship

    The conference championships are set to take place Sunday, Jan. 20 ahead of Feb. 3’s Super Bowl LIII, with the top two teams in each the AFC and NFC conferences going head to head. The first game, the Los Angeles Rams against the New Orleans Saints, is set to begin at 3:05 p.m. ET at [...]

  • MAGA Teens Taunting Native American Elder

    MAGA Hat-Wearing Teens Harassing Native American Elder Spark Condemnation From Hollywood

    The Internet erupted in outrage Saturday after a video of young men wearing MAGA hats and attempting to intimidate a Native American man at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington D.C. went viral. The march is taking place amid the government shutdown, which is nearing the one-month mark and has interfered with many Native Americans’ [...]

  • Leonard Klady Dead: Film Journalist Was

    Leonard Klady, Veteran Film Journalist, Dies at 67

    Leonard “Len” Klady, a former Variety reporter and critic who most recently worked for Movie City News and Screen International, has died. His wife, Beverly Walker, said he had been diagnosed with cancer in November.  Klady was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and graduated from the University of Manitoba. He was a founding member of the [...]

  • Jordan Feldstein

    Roc Nation Seeks $11 Million From Insurer in Jordan Feldstein's Death

    Roc Nation filed a federal lawsuit Friday seeking $11 million from its insurance carrier following the death of Maroon 5 manager Jordan Feldstein. Roc Nation, a joint venture of Jay-Z and Live Nation Entertainment, partnered with Feldstein’s Career Artist Management in 2016. At the time, Roc Nation says it took out a “key man” life [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content