EXCLUSIVE: Godkiller, the post-apocalyptic comic series from Black Mask Studios, is hurtling toward the screen as a new trilogy of animated features that will be self-financed and produced by the upstart publisher and transmedia co. The saga of a teenage orphan and an escaped slavegirl journeying through a post-apocalyptic wasteland first debuted in 2008 as a self-published underground comic that cultivated a devoted cult following. The comic is now heading into its second printing after debuting last week via Black Mask Studios.
The Godkiller films are being directed and scripted by Matt Pizzolo, who co-created the comic with Anna Muckcracker Wieszczyk and Ben Templesmith. Back in 2010 Pizzolo’s Halo-8 shingle put out an experimental illustrated feature titled Godkiller: Walk Among Us that debuted digitally and on home vid featuring the voices of Lance Henriksen, AFI’s Davey Havok, Danielle Harris, Bill Moseley, and Lydia Lunch.
Pizzolo (Occupy Comics, THREAT), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion, Epitaph Records, ANTI- Records), and Steve Niles (30 Days Of Night) founded Black Mask last year and acquired the Godkiller property. Now they’re remastering the 2010 film using greenscreen, rotoscope technology, and CG to launch a new series of Godkiller animated features starting in 2015.
Following Godkiller: Walk Among Us will be sequels Godkiller: Tomorrow’s Ashes in 2016 and Godkiller: The Trouble You Took From Her Eyes in 2017, using different animation styles to signify the story’s journey through different dimensions. Brett Gurewitz, Steve Niles, and Brian Giberson are producing the films which will feature some new and returning voice cast.
Black Mask is also co-producing SyFy comic book series Five Ghosts with UCP and BenderSpink and developing its own transmedia adaptation.