EXCLUSIVE: Adaptive Studios, which recently rebooted HBO’s Project Greenlight with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, is going into the graphic novels business with the launch of Adaptive Comics. The new division will produce a slate of graphic novels and comics with Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray of PaperFilms, the multi-award winning writer/artist team behind the DC Comics series Jonah Hex and Harley Quinn.
Adaptive’s first project with Palmiotti and Gray is the Western thriller Abbadon, based on an original 2011 screenplay acquired by Adaptive about a series of murders in an Old West town that could give Sodom a run for its money.
“Adaptive Studios is committed to telling great stories on a variety of platforms,” Adaptive Studios co-founder TJ Barrack told Deadline. “Graphic novels represent one of the most dynamic ways to not only visually represent a narrative but also build an active and engaged audience that can grow with us.”
Adaptive Books, which launched this summer, has been bringing a cinematic sensibility to its projects, most recently with the YA thriller, Silence Of Six, adapted from a Miramax screenplay. The 47-second book trailer, directed by Sam Friedlander, racked up over 7 million social media impressions since it was published on November 5, according to Adaptive.
Friedlander directed the upcoming comedy Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant starring Stanley Tucci, Henry Winkler, Rebecca Romijn, Jayma Mays and Danny Pudi.
Here’s the Silence Of Six Book trailer: