〉The untitled sci-fi pitch is going to be developed into multi-platform franchise.
We’ve just confirmed that Launch Pad alumni Dylan Brod has sold an explosive new untitled sci-fi pitch to Imperative Entertainment in a preemptive deal. The pitch, which is being kept tightly under wraps is said to be a high concept sci-fi/thriller with franchise potential. The plan is to build the project into a large scale multi-platform universe which will be developed simultaneously for film, video game, comic and television. The sale is an incredible achievement for a first-time writer, who, prior to his exposure through the Launch Pad Pilots Competition, was undiscovered.
Imperative will produce with Energy Entertainment‘s Brooklyn Weaver and Romark Entertainment‘s Rock Shaink. Energy’s VP David Binns will also serve in a producing capacity. The pitch, which detailed the potential of a multi-platform universe conceived by Brod, was brought to Imperative’s Tim Kring and Zak Kadison by VP’s Jillian Apfelbaum and Justin Levy. It was Kring and Kadison who moved to take the project off the market and will be overseeing for Imperative.
Brod was discovered by Energy’s Weaver and WME’s Mike Esola after becoming a finalist in the 2014 Launch Pad Pilots Competition.
Following the massive success of Marvel’s cinematic universe, high-concept franchise properties with a “shared universe” potential have been a top selling point and original sci-fi properties have never been in higher demand.
Energy Entertainment has had incredible success with first-time writers, having been the first company to receive multiple film studio bids and network bids for a first-timer’s pilot spec with Mickey Fisher’s Extant. Energy also recently sold the massively buzzed-about TV spec Eden, written by first-timer Andrew Godoski, which began as a feature spec and entered into a heated TV bidding war.
Imperative Entertainment recently won a competitive bid for Zach Dean’s World War II drama pitch Atlantic Wall. Also in development is an adaptation of the bestselling E. Lockhart book We Were Liars and a biopic about Sinaloa Cartel drug runner Leo Sharp, which will be directed by Ruben Fleischer.
Romark Entertainment has multiple high-profile projects in development, including the sci-fi pic Earthless, which they are producing at Fox with Scott Free and Energy, and the thriller Matriarch, which they are producing at Paramount with Red Wagon.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor