Mike The Pike Productions has announced that its subsidiary Arowana Media Holdings, Inc., has acquired the film, TV, and streaming rights to Dynamite Entertainment‘s classic comic character Vampirella.
MIKP CEO and Producer Mark B. Newbauer said in a statement:
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to bring this amazing character to screen in a big way. Nick Barucci, founder and CEO of the prolific Dynamite Comics, is an incredible visionary with an eye for story, and a talent for integration into the zeitgeist.
“He and everyone at Dynamite have resurrected this character in a significant way over the past decade and this latest run with Priest feels like it’s just the beginning of her next 50 years and beyond. We are truly grateful for the faith and support of Dynamite, Nick, and their reps, including producer/manager Ford Gilmore of Illuminati Entertainment.
“Vampirella has become (and as of 2021 remains) the longest-running English-language vampire comic book of all time, its latest run, helmed by Christopher Priest (Black Panther), is its most successful yet, with more issues sold in its 50th anniversary than any previous year and it continues to gain momentum in popularity as new readers discover Vampirella’s timely storyline.”
The most recent version of the character was done by Christopher Priest, who said:
“Vampirella’s supernatural abilities are a metaphor for a universal human condition, for being either rejected or idealized (or, in the case of our series, both) because you are different. Anyone who’s ever moved to a new town or a new school or taken a new job should be able to identify with Vampi’s challenges.
“Anyone who wears their hair a different way, listens to a different kind of music, embraces a different religion, anyone who steps outside of or gets shoved outside of the so-called ‘mainstream’ can identify this latest run on Vampirella. I hope it is precisely this universality of theme that helps broaden her audience; the Vampi tent is large enough for everyone.”
Vampirella has also made a number of high profile crossover appearances in some of the biggest franchises around: Aliens, Batman, Catwoman, KISS, Witchblade, Red Sonja, and Archie Comics – a testament to her vast appeal and amazing versatility!
The feature is set to be produced by Mark Newbauer of Mike The Pike, Nick Barrucci and Juan Collado of Dynamite Entertainment.
I don’t know what to expect from this, but I hope to see some quality films, TV shows, and maybe even some animated projects come out of this. There was a Vampirella film that was released in 1996, but it did not due Vampirella justice.