Warner Bros. has a boatload of properties at its disposal, and the company is digging into everything from DC Comics to cult classic sci-fi flicks to put together its new digital media division.
Dubbed Blue Ribbon Content, the new digital division has cranked up development on a Static Shock series based on the DC comic series; a series based on the 1980s cult hit Critters; and the original sci-fi thriller Ouroboros — all of which will join a previously greenlit Mortal Kombat series and Justice League animated series.
We’re probably most intrigued by the Static Shock series, which will follow the DC hero first introduced in 1993. The live-action series will be written, produced and directed by Reginald Hudlin (Django Unchained). The character was previously adapted for television in a 2000 animated series that ran for four years on The WB, and has popped up on other DC animated series over the years.
We don’t know much about how the show will work, but we’re psyched to see it come together. Between this and Cyborg, DC is really pushing the envelope.
Along with Static Shock, the cult classic film Critters get a second life as a digital series. The new version of the story will follow a new batch of alien pests as they descend upon the planet. The digital series will be written by Michael Jelenic and Aaron Horvath (Teen Titans Go!). The 1986 original came in the wake of sci-fi buzz from Gremlins’ success, but still found fans in its own right.
Last but not least: Ouroboros, an original horror/thriller from producer Akiva Goldsman (Paranormal Activity) and writer/director/producer Damon Santostefano. This digital series will follow two police officers over the course of one night in a remote part of Wisconsin as they are overwhelmed by a “series of mysterious attacks ... and an epidemic of possession.”
All these projects join a previously announced Mortal Kombat live action digital series, which will connect to the upcoming Mortal Kombat X videogame set to hit shelves in April 2015. The new series will reportedly showcase some of Kombat’s “most storied characters,” plus introduce a new generation of warriors.
It’s nice to see Warner Bros. doubling down on digital media, taking advantage of existing properties that still have some cachet with fans. Which project has you the most excited?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)