Projects and Partners
Having captured the exclusive rights and ownership to this world known timeless brand and library, Meteor 17 and GPA Entertainment currently have a long term joint venture with Viacom's MTV Networks to produce and develop WEIRD TALES® on multiple platforms and formats. The partners have the entire, formidable library which contains a renown collection of stories, graphics and comic elements. They plan to produce a series of science fiction, horror and fantasy feature films, direct to DVD movies, a genre web site, television series, graphic novels, coffee table books, science fiction, horror and fantasy animation for youngsters. The features will be partnered with well known producers, directors and writers. Each of these platforms will contain hip contemporary music with accompanying soundtracks and downloads.
One of the most influential and famous science fiction, horror and fantasy magazines that has been around for more than 80 years showcasing over 2,500 unique and strange stories by some of the greatest science fiction, horror and fantasy writers in the business including:
Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch (author of Hitchcock’s Psycho), Robert E. Howard (Conan The Barbarian was first introduced in Weird Tales), H.P. Lovecraft (whose stories inspired Dungeons and Dragons)
FOR THE FIRST TIME… A series of original DVD movies inspired by the classic science fiction, fantasy and horror magazine Weird Tales.
For more than 80 years, Weird Tales has been an American tradition showcasing unique and strange stories that are popular the world over. It’s the most famous and most influential magazine in the history of fantasy and horror publishing. This bi-monthly magazine has thrilled generations of readers with its unique blend of supernatural and spine-tingling stories written by some of the greatest writers:
Building on, and expanding its famous brand, the legacy of Weird Tales will live on in a series of original movies for DVD. We’ll not only draw from the magazine’s classic tales encompassing thousands (2500) of imaginative, bone-chilling stories of psychic phenomena, the occult, science fiction, fantasy and horror, but we’ll also work with contemporary authors and screenwriters to bring their favorite weird stories and original tales of the odd and macabre to home entertainment.
Proffer will serve as the Music Director and Supervisor of all music. He will either produce or executive produce and oversee known contemporary musical artists who will write and record material to punctuate the drama in each tale. Additionally, each production will weave the song themes into a hip musical score, composed by Grammy/Emmy award winning composers that have been lined up.
Weird Tales on DVD will feature hot and upcoming directors from motion pictures and television interested in broadening the scope of their vision. Whether it’s in the world of the supernatural, the occult, sword & sorcery, fantasy, cosmic horror or merely the terror of the mind, Weird Tales will provide the entertainment platform for them to stretch their imagination.
The original movies of Weird Tales will appeal to worldwide audiences by relying on imaginative storytelling. No gratuitous violence! No slasher movies! No unwatchable gore! Our contemporary writers and directors, whether creating original stories or adapting classics, will take us on thrilling adventures through their imagination and carry us four thousand miles to the center of the Earth, twenty thousand leagues under the sea, on a journey to another planet a million miles distant or to unexplored labyrinths of terror.
Weird Tales magazine is distributed in the U.S. and Canada through Diamond Comic Distributors the world’s largest comic book, graphic novel and related merchandise distributor. The Weird Tales movies will be cross-promoted through the magazine and, in association with our home entertainment distributor, marketed and promoted at the nations largest comic book conventions including Comic-Con International in San Diego, Wonder-Con in San Francisco, Heroes-Con in Charlotte, NC, Motor City Comic-Con, Big Apple Con, and the Wizard World conventions in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston and Texas.
The Weird Tales original DVD movie franchise, will build on its famous, namesake brand. It will continue the tradition and respected legacy of the magazine, establishing a long-term marketplace for imaginative weird stories about the unusual and the bizarre.
WEIRD TALES – WORLDWIDE
Weird Tales has a robust international footprint! From its inception in 1923, Weird Tales has always had an international reputation as a prestige magazine-the ultimate place for weird fiction by gifted writers from all over the globe.
Because there's never been an outlet for "pulp" magazines overseas, Weird Tales, in magazine format, has not been printed outside of the U.S. and Canada. However, Weird Tales stories have been published in hard-cover books all over the world in over 100 countries. These books include Weird Tales anthologies featuring classic stories from the magazine (in Japan alone, six (6) volumes/book anthologies in hard cover have been published featuring the best stories from Weird Tales magazine)... and numerous anthologies of famous Weird Tales authors featuring their original Weird Tales stories.
For example Robert E. Howard's Conan The Barbarian first appeared in the pages of Weird Tales magazine. Those original Conan stories, from the page of Weird Tales magazine, have been printed in book form all over the world. Many of Howard's other Weird Tales stories have also appeared in hard cover/anthological form. The same is true for many of the published anthologies of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch (author of Psycho), Clark Ashton Smith and others. They've all printed book anthologies in the U.S. and overseas containing their original Weird Tales stories.
In addition, Weird Tales magazine is famous for publishing numerous stories from a roster of famous international writers.
Writers from all over Europe, including England, Germany, France, Italy and Spain have all contributed stories to Weird Tales magazine. For example, France's most famous modern horror writer, Jean Ray, had multiple stories re-printed in Weird Tales magazine. Horror stories from Baudelaire appeared in the magazine. So did French writer Gaston Leroux, author of Phantom of the Opera. Also, following in the footsteps of Robert E. Howard's Conan The Barbarian, Leroux's famous novel The Haunted Chair was first printed in serial form in Weird Tales magazine. Well-known English author E.S. Benson also appeared in the magazine.
So, as you can see, the Weird Tales brand is known and highly regarded in the international literary community as well as in the U.S. A great base from which to build an empire.
George Paige is an award-winning independent producer for network television, cable and pay TV, home video, and feature films. His producing credits include: THE THREE STOOGES written and to be directed by The Farrelly Brothers (in development); the recently released BRER RABBIT, and an animated feature THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, in which Jerry Lewis will reprise his own character, doing the voiceover for the character he made famous on screen.
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