Veteran producer-author Frank Beddor, whose credits date back to “There’s Something About Mary,” has launched Automatic Publishing and is developing a quartet of film, TV and theater projects, Variety has learned exclusively.
Beddor, who authored “The Looking Glass Wars” series, has signed a distribution deal with Publishers Group West. He has several writers, composers and producers attached for the spinoff projects.
The projects include “Hatter Madigan,” which is being developed as an animated children’s show with former Marvel Head of Animation Eric Rollman; “The Looking Glass Wars,” which is in the works as a Broadway musical with composer Ryan Oliver Scott and playwright-TV writer Jon Caren; Eric Laster’s murder mystery “Static” is being developed with “Con Man” producer PJ Haarsma for digital; and “Spectrum,” the fictional TV show at the center of the “Con Man” series, will get its own TV show.
Beddor, who had been a high-level freestyle skier, broke into the business by producing the 1998 thriller “Wicked,” the first major role for Julia Stiles. He followed that with the comedy “There’s Something About Mary,” which grossed $360 million worldwide and starred Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz.
Beddor then wrote “The Looking Glass Wars” book trilogy, first published in 2004. He’s launching a prequel, “Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the Hatbox,” which he co-wrote with Adrienne Kress, in which a 13-year-old Hatter Madigan enters the first year of training at the Wonderland Millinery Academy.
Automatic will release three book titles on April 19 — “Hatter Madigan,” “Static” and “Looking Glass Wars: Crossfire.” “Spectrum” is launching on Free Comic Book Day (the first Saturday in May) and is part one of a four-part series tied to the Web series “Con Man.”
“Static” centers on a young adult who starts receiving phone calls from his older brother, who’s been dead for a week and claims he was murdered. He embarks on a dangerous plan to find the killer, which soon has him scheming against an unsavory billionaire and floundering toward love with his brother’s ex-girlfriend.
“Looking Glass Wars: Crossfire” is a graphic novel sequel to the “Looking Glass Wars” trilogy. It’s written by Beddor and Curtis Clark, and illustrated by Sami Makkonen.
“Con Man,” launched by Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion with $3.1 million in crowdfunding, follows cult science fiction actor Wray Nerely (Tudyk) as he tours the convention circuit. “Spectrum” is set amid the aftermath of a vicious attack from an invading alien force unleashed on Earth.