Scooter Braun, founder of SB Projects, and David Maisel, founding Chairman of Marvel Studios, have created a new, joint venture called Mythos Studios which has acquired a 50% stake in Aspen Comics as well as the entertainment rights for the comic book company’s IP, including the iconic artwork, characters, and worlds created by its late founder, Michael Turner.
Together, are already working on several projects (in active development), including two based on Aspen Comics. The first is inspired by the top-selling comic book of 1998, Michael Turner’s Fathom which follows super-heroine, Aspen Matthews, a marine biologist who embarks on a journey of self-discovery, above and below sea level, after finding out she has a mysterious background.
The second project is inspired by one of the top selling independent comic books of 2003, Soulfire. The story is set in the future where there is highly advanced and awe-inspiring technology but one where all magic has been lost. The story follows a boy named Malikai, the chosen one, and a team of supernatural characters on a quest to bring magic back to the world and defeat the forces of evil.
They are currently looking for distribution and production financing partners for both Fathom and Soulfire.
Mythos Studios will be based out of Los Angeles an.d helmed by Braun and Maisel with longtime SB Projects COO Scott Manson, who will be joined by a team of production and creative executives. Catherine Winder, animation producer, will be re-teaming with Maisel after working together on The Angry Birds Movie. Future projects in the pipeline include live-action and animation both from original and acquired IP.
“Scooter is already a legend as a pop culture engineer and master marketer to global audiences. I can think of no more perfect partner to bring the next generation of franchise entertainment to the world,” said Mythos Studios co-founder David Maisel. “He is also a longtime personal friend, and we are already having a blast working together in bringing these amazing properties to life. Our combined experiences across film, TV, music, and Broadway make our playing field for future projects so exciting”.
Braun also manages a roster of some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Ariana Grande, Braun and his team have grown the company’s film and TV division to include a slate of projects including Scorpion, The Giver, and Never Say Never, which remains one of the highest grossing music documentaries in domestic box-office history.
Maisel served in various capacities at Marvel from 2003-2010, including President, Vice Chairman, and Chairman of Marvel Studios, and Office of the CEO of Marvel Entertainment.