Film, TV, and Comic Book Writer Launches His Own Studio
J. Michael Straczynski has launched Studio JMS, a new media company that will “combine all of the mediums in which Straczynski has been successfully working for decades, encompassing comic books, web and television series, feature films and video games.” The award winning writer and producer already has projects in development through Studio JMS including The Adventures of Apocolypse Al web series for MTV.com and the studio’s own Living Dead the Musical web series. In addition, Straczynski has two television series in development: Epidemic for Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Vlad Dracula for Starz.
According to the press release, Studio JMS is also working on a World War II film based on a true story which will mark Straczynski’s directorial debut.
Patricia Tallman, actress and creator/owner of Talent to Go, will be joining Straczynski’s Studio JMS.
“For twenty years, I’ve had the remarkable good fortune to work successfully as a writer and producer in a wide variety of fields, from television to comics and movies,” stated Straczynski. “I’ve always dreamed of creating a mini-studio where I can put all of that work under one roof, telling stories that I want to tell and which can be spun up between various platforms: comics that can become TV shows, TV shows that can become movies, and movies that can become comics. With the tremendous recent success of films such as The Avengers, Thor, and the Batman series of films, this feels like the best time to tackle that dream. Best of all, unlike many other startup ventures, I’m not looking to get into these areas, I’m already working in them; now it’s just a matter of taking the next logical step: consolidation.”
Details on J. Michael Straczynski [Courtesy of Studio JMS]:
Straczynski has won multiple awards as writer and producer of hit television series including Babylon 5 and Jeremiah. His contributions to the comic book world include Amazing Spider-Man (with sales during his tenure averaging one million copies per year) and Superman: Earth One (which spent 37 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List for Graphic Novels). His film credits include Thor, Changeling (for which he received a British Academy Award nomination), Ninja Assassin and Underworld Awakening. Formerly a journalist for The Los Angeles Times and various major magazines, Straczynski has been writing and selling his work since the age of seventeen.
Source: Studio JMS