Machinima today began showing its exclusive web series created by filmmaker John Woo. Liquid Comics and Tiger Hill Entertainment announced the 13-episode Seven Brothers, an animated adaptation of the graphic novel created by Woo with writer Garth Ennis and artist Jeevan J. Kang.
The first four episodes of the Machinima exclusive are up now, with new episodes to be added every two weeks.
“For me, working in comics is quite comfortable – it’s like the ultimate storyboard,” Woo said. “The original Seven Brothers graphic novel, and this new animated comic book series, takes the seed of an idea I had about famous Chinese folklore to a whole new level. It creates a modern, global story, and an art form that is unique and yet, clearly, a brother to the film medium.”
Allen DeBevoise, chairman and chief executive officer of Machinima Inc., said the strong overlap between videogaming and comics made Machinima the natural distribution outlet for Woo’s creation. He added that the company would continue to partner with “the best creative talent to produce and distribute more and more original content that resonates with the male 18-34 demo” to entertain its global audience of over 118 million viewers.
Seven Brothers tells the story of how ancient voyages of discovery left behind an evil legacy and a plot by a powerful Chinese sorcerer to dominate the world. Now, in modern day Los Angeles, an ancient prophecy must be fulfilled and seven men, with nothing in common but their destinies, must face the Son of Hell to save the world.
Tiger Hill Entertainment is John Woo and Terence Chang’s collaborative effort to create transmedia entertainment. Tiger Hill is the sister company to Lion Rock Productions, Woo and Chang’s feature film and television company responsible for such films as Broken Arrow, Face/Off, The Replacement Killers, The Corruptor, The Big Hit, Anna and the King, Mission Impossible II, Windtalkers and Paycheck, as well as Chinese pictures Red Cliff, Reign of Assassins, Color Me Love and My Fair Gentleman.
Liquid Comics was founded by Sharad Devarajan, Gotham Chopra and Suresh Seetharaman and uses the medium of digital graphic novel publishing to develop properties for theatrical live-action films, animation and video games.