As if Warner Bros.’ recent slew of big announcements – from officially debuting their plans for a shared DC Comics movie universe to their upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series and The LEGO Movie spinoff, LEGO Batman – weren’t enough, the company is now prepared to unveil its new digital division: Blue Ribbon Content.
Along with the reveal of a brand-spanking new digital production unit comes a stable of new projects in development, one of which we learned of roughly a month ago: Justice League: Gods and Monsters, a new shortform animated series and subsequent film from director Bruce Timm (who’s also working on a virtual reality project featuring Batman: The Animated Series, more on that below) and writer Alan Burnett. The three-part series will air on Machinima before the animated film’s release in 2015 and will feature darker versions of the superheroes we already know.
Today’s announcement includes two more shows which have also already been given series orders: an untitled Mortal Kombat series that will tie-in with the upcoming Mortal Kombat X video game, and a Veronica Mars spinoff, Play it Again, Dick for CW Seed.
Considering Veronica Mars’ recent resurgence, a spinoff series for a digital network is clearly a safe bet. And a Mortal Kombat series should also prove successful, especially when tied to a highly anticipated game release. That is, assuming it can live up to the caliber fans have already come to expect from previous series, Mortal Kombat Legacy.
Warner Bros. and Blue Ribbon Content have even more series in development, including a comedy from Sonali Pateli (A to Z), Ginger Snaps, which sheds a light on the “seedy underworld” of scout troops’ cookie sales, and a series from Akiva Goldman (Paranormal Activity), Ouroboros, that follows two police officers on an evening where they encounter mysterious happenings in remote Wisconsin.
Most exciting, however, (for the comic book crowd at least) is the news that a Static Shock live-action series is also in development. This series will come from writer-producer-director Reginald Hudlin (Django Unchained) and will be based on the comic series Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington, and artist John Paul Leon created for DC Comics’ Milestone imprint in 1993.
Previously, Static – whose secret identity is that of young Virgil Hawkins, who after a strange event referred to as ‘the Big Bang’ was gifted electromagnetic powers – starred in his own animated television series which ran for four seasons from 2000 to 2004. This more modern version of the character was also a part of DC’s then animated universe and would at times crossover with the Justice League Unlimited animated series.
Static Shock also recently had his own comic book title at the beginning of DC Comics’ New 52, but the series was canceled after only eight issues. Still, the character remains popular, as evidenced by his inclusion in Warner Bros.’ new slate of digital programming. Plus, it can’t be ignored that a new Static Shock web series allows for yet another much-needed minority character in WB’s growing roster of movie, television, and now digital superheroes.
Check out a few other entries below:
LIVE-ACTION DEVELOPMENT: COMEDY
RejecTED — We’ve all witnessed countless inspiring words of wisdom from world-renowned speakers on technology, entertainment and design. But not everyone can get on that stage, due to an ultra-competitive selection process that leaves many behind. Check out some of the lesser-known and just completely rejected speeches that the world never got to hear, until now, in this original satirical comedy from Rachel Ramras, Larry Dorf and Hugh Davidson (all of Mike Tyson Mysteries).
LIVE-ACTION DEVELOPMENT: ACTION/SCI-FI
Critters — Blue Ribbon revisits the world of the legendary New Line Cinema cult classic movie franchise, as a new batch of alien pests descends upon the planet in this new digital series written by Michael Jelenic and Aaron Horvath (Teen Titans Go!).
Batman: The Animated Series Experience — As previously announced, Blue Ribbon, DC Entertainment and visual effects pioneer OTOY are teaming up on an immersive entertainment experience that will see the Batcave from the acclaimed Emmy Award–winning Batman: The Animated Series brought to life via interactive holographic video for virtual reality displays. OTOY is collaborating with series producer Bruce Timm on this interactive narrative experience which will give fans the opportunity to explore Batman’s world like never before, allowing them to feel what it is like to be inside the show’s stylized universe on devices such as the Samsung GALAXY Gear VR, the Oculus Rift, and on forthcoming “glasses-free” light field displays that will power future TV and mobile devices.
What excites you most about Warner Bros.’ upcoming digital series and other in development projects? Let us hear from you in the comments below!
Source: Warner Bros. [via THR]
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