William Shatner is teaming up with LNL Partners on a new comics imprint which will publish works by the Star Trek star, along with a new original graphic novel by comics legend Stan Lee through Lee’s company Pow! Entertainment. Called “Shatner Singularity”, the new imprint will publish in LNL’s cinematic graphic novel format, a hybrid of so-called motion comics (which mimic animation) and traditional comics. Shatner previously worked with LNL Partners on a cinematic graphic novel adaptation of his 1996 novel Man ‘o War, which debuted earlier this year.
The initial lineup of titles, including Stan Lee’s new graphic novel, will be revealed in full during Stan Lee Comikaze 2015 on a panel attended by Shatner and Lee to be held Sunday, November 1. Developed by LNL and Panfly, the Cinematic Graphic Novel format combines moving panels, limited animation, sound effects and a soundtrack along with traditional panels and word balloons. Founded in 2013, LNL Partners is a collaboration between Disney digital artist/editor Gary Laird, music and audio producer Scott Liggett, and comics publisher Mariano Nicieza. Now in its fifth year, Stan Lee Comikaze 2015 happens October 30-November 1 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Moon River Studios has announced production on a new documentary about soul and funk legend James Brown, in association with RKA Entertainment LLC and Loochie Records & Publishing LLC. The film will feature footage from the Godfather of Soul’s final live performance before his death, along with interviews with family, friends and musicians who were influenced by him. Brown’s career spanned the 1950s through his death in 2006, and was a unique and important influence on numerous musical genres including funk, soul and hip hop.
The film will explore that career and his life, including his controversial support for the Vietnam war, his struggles against racism, and his generations-long impact on American music. In addition, Moon River has secured rights to up to sixteen unreleased James Brown songs, an unspecified number of which will be featured in the documentary along with the soundtrack. Production is expected to begin in November.