We posted earlier today about The Mall being optioned by Ivan Reitman. Scout has just released the official press release which will make its rounds to all the news outlets (hopefully you got in before all the others try to grab copies.) One thing of note is validation to a story we previously ran mentioning The Rift being optioned.
The story and characters first appear in The Rift #1 .
Buried near the bottom is the following statement:
Handfield’s first comic series The Rift was also optioned for television
I seriously cannot wait to tell you who picked it up and where it is going.
The full press release follows;
Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures has picked up Don Handfield & James Haick III’s critically acclaimed comic series The Mall, published by Scout Comics. Handfield, the co-creator of History Channel’s Knightfall will adapt for the small screen through his Motor Television banner.
Set in the golden age of kiosks, arcades and food courts,THE MALL tells the story of three teenagers — the QUARTERBACK, the PRINCESS and the GEEK, who all find out they’re related when their real father, a mid-level crime boss, dies and leaves them each a store inside the local mall. The catch is, the stores are fronts for the mob, and the teens must decide whether to break bad or go legit, all while trying to navigate the high stakes John Hughes type drama that is high school in the 1980s. Finding a date for the prom is one thing, doing it with the Columbian drug cartel out to kill you is another.
“To have Ivan Reitman, director of some of biggest hits of 1980s – blockbusters like Stripes, Ghostbusters and Twins, and his amazing team at Montecito helping shepherd to television our comic, which is set in that era, is quite literally a dream come true,” said Handfield & Haick in a joint statement.
Handfield’s first comic series The Rift was also optioned for television and his upcoming new comic series THE SOURCE, also from Scout Comics, co-created with Joshua Malkin (CABIN FEVER 2) launches at New York Comic-Con 2018 with a limited edition glow-in-the-dark variant cover.
Haick is the creator of another successful ongoing Scout series SOLAR FLARE, about mankind’s quest to survive after a x-class solar flare wipes out the world’s electrical infrastructure, along with the upcoming Long Live Pro Wrestling series.
Scout Comics CCO Tennessee Williams said “The Mall is one of the best reviewed series Scout has ever released and it’s no surprise as the writing strikes the perfect balance between character and pathos. We believe this will be one of our big hits in the entertainment landscape”.