Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity Media, David Lee and Steven Squillante, partners of IDG Films, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, chairman of Platinum Studios, and Arclight Films have arranged financing to bring the Top Cow Productions' "Witchblade" comic book character to the big screen.
Production will begin in 2006 on two feature films, to be shot back-to-back, based on the best-selling action/fantasy comic book, which also earned a loyal following as a Toronto-shot, TNT television series.
"Witchblade" will be produced through IDG Films, Relativity Media and Platinum Studios, in association with Top Cow Productions. Arclight Films will handle foreign sales.
Producers are Relativity principals Ryan Kavanaugh and Lynwood Spinks, Platinum Studios chairman Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, and IDG Films general partners Steven Squillante and David Lee.
Executive producing is Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri and Arclight Films' Gary Hamilton/Harrison Kordestani. Co-producers are Top Cow president Matt Hawkins and Platinum executives Jay Burns and Aaron Severson.
"Witchblade" follows the story of a female detective who comes into possession of a mystical and powerful weapon that she uses to fight crime and evil.
Printed in 21 languages and distributed in 55 countries, "Witchblade" is listed among Wizard Magazine's top ten best comic book characters of all time, also winning "Best Female Character in a Comic" at the Wizard Fan Awards for three years.