Todd McFarlane launches television division of McFarlane Films

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Spawn creator, director / producer Todd McFarlane is launching a dedicated TV development and production arm of his production company, McFarlane Films. Announced Tuesday, McFarlane Films has a first television contract with wiip (Easttown mare) and McFarlane along with its TV president, Sean Canino, will identify emerging new talent, designer owned properties, independent brands, stories and characters. McFarlane Film’s initial TV development roster includes plans for Reno 911! co-creator Thomas Lennon, author of graphic novels Sean Lewis, Bojack Horseman ShadowMachine producer, and more. It was previously announced that McFarlane Films had partnered with wiip to also develop a Sam & Twitch live-action TV series.

“After being in development with Jason Blum at Blumhouse, in addition to joining Jamie Foxx on a potential SPAWN film franchise, other opportunities in both film and television presented themselves, which led to this expansion in entertainment, “McFarlane Films CEO Todd McFarlane said in a statement. declaration. “Cinema, television and video games are all areas in which I intend to devote my creative energy on a constant basis.

He continued, “I have spent decades succeeding in other areas of business, taking on some of the biggest names in those industries (Marvel, DC Comics, Hasbro and Mattel toys) and have been able to to bring to market many successful products and ideas that these big companies weren’t able to give to consumers I now plan to apply those same creative and business practices in Hollywood full time. As a creator foremost and CEO of my companies, I take pride in finding talented creators and inspiring ideas … and then bringing them to the world Two of our most recent projects (one live and the other in stop-motion animation) have talented people who will help bring these new concepts to the airwaves. Thomas Lennon, Anders Weidemann, Sean Lewis, our partners at wiip and ShadowMachine are just a few of the people with whom we started this trip.”

In addition, McFarlane Films unveiled two new premium series in development in its television division, McFarland and inch. McFarland is a stop-motion animated event series created by Lennon in partnership with ShadowMachine and wiip and is described as “Night at the museum meets Toy story in Twin peaksand will feature the original McFarlane Toys. McFarlane and Lennon will produce the series with Canino and ShadowMachine.

“It’s a safe bet that when you combine the strengths of Todd McFarlane and Tom Lennon, good things will happen … and those things will most likely happen in stop-motion animation. We’re excited to be a part of it. fun! ”said Alex Bulkley of ShadowMachine.

Based on Lewis’ best-selling graphic novel, inch should be a live drama series. McFarlane Films partners with wiip and Epicenter (1BR, Judas and the Black Messiah) on the project with Anders Weidemann adapting the project. The series will follow 17-year-old Charlie “Thumbs” James, a gamer and social underdog who competes in an esports tournament in the hopes of winning a scholarship from tech billionaire Adrien Camus’ players academy so he can get out of his neighborhood. However, Thumbs soon finds himself fighting real-life battles and to the death in a covert war between Camus’ teenage army and a neo-fascist anti-tech movement about to take control of the United States Weidemann. McFarlane and Canino will be executive producers, with Allard Cantor and Jarrod Murray via Epicenter, with Lewis on board as producer.

“We were looking for a way to bring Sean Lewis’s timely graphic novel to life, and we thought that having comic book legend Todd McFarlane lead the charge would be a good start,” Cantor and Murray said. Neither could we ask for better studio partners than ours at wiip, who are some of the smartest and most supportive creative minds in town. So we turned to accomplished premium series creator Anders. Weidemann, to develop a serialized narrative that will captivate audiences everywhere. ”

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