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‘Black Mass’ Writer Developing Project for Michael Bay’s 451 Media

Mark Mallouk, co-writer of Johnny Depp’s “Black Mass,” will write his first graphic novel “Sunflower” for  distribution by Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group.

Mallouk created the story, about the aftermath of a double murder, during production of “Black Mass,” which is opening Friday.

“Sunflower” will be released ahead of 451 Media’s current slate of original titles, which will debut at this year’s upcoming New York Comic Con in October. 451 Media’s titles will be distributed through both traditional publishing and a new interactive online platform.

“Sunflower” centers on a woman living in isolation whose life was destroyed with the murder of her husband and daughter. A decade after their murders, she receives a postcard in the mail with only a single word written on it: sunflower.

“During the production of ‘Black Mass,’ I started to think of creating a story that mirrored the same intensity and themes of guilt, grief and obsession but from a woman’s P.O.V.,” said Mallouk. “To put it quite simply, I wanted to write a story with a female lead that didn’t need to be rescued by a man and didn’t spend her entire existence worrying about whether a man liked her or not.”

Mallouk and Jez Butterworth are the screenwriters on “Black Mass,” based on the 2001 book “Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob” by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill.

Mallouk is currently writing the screenplay on the Calabrese mob family based on Kurt Calabrese’s life rights for Black Label Media. He executive produced “Everest,” “A Walk Among The Tombstones” and “Rush.”

451 Media announced last month that it was launching an interactive publishing division to offer content from printed graphic novels with digital video. Bay co-founded 451 Media earlier this year with Doug Nunes and with John and Anthony Gentile, the creators of brands such as Micronauts, Visionaries, Sky Dancers and Power Glove.

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