BHP Comics have announced that they have optioned the TV rights for their graphic novel series Killtopia to transmedia start-up Voltaku, who will be producing an eight-part animated series based on Dave Cook and Craig Paton’s award-winning cyberpunk creation.
The series will consist of eight 20-minute episodes, developed using Unreal Engine and virtual production techniques, and will be written by TV, film and game veteran Phil Gelatt (Love Death & Robots, Europa Report, Rise of the Tomb Raider), with concept art provided by David Levy & Pitch Dev Studios (Avatar sequels, Tron: Legacy,Prometheus). It will be helmed by Oscar-nominated director Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey, The Leviathan, The Last Days on Mars).
Speaking about the announcement, Cook said “When Killtopia launches, it’s going to look like nothing that’s been seen on TV before. Our world is garish and vibrant, where hype, fandom and pop culture rule the day, which is the perfect launching pad for big stories. I’ve always wanted to see something so colourful and abstract depicted in a 3D world. With Voltaku’s help, I think we’re going to blow people away.”
In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re massive fans of Killtopia here at the Big Comic Page, with Sam calling the first volume “everything that I want from a home-grown comic, complete with sharp satire and subtle(/not-so-subtle) nods”, and the second “the most irreverent homage to anime, gaming, post-apoc punk, ultraviolence, and classic British sci-fi comics from Warren Ellis to John Wagner you’ll find this side of Grant Morrison’s left nut”, so to say that we’re excited about this announcement would be a massive understatment.
Expect more information about the series to be announced right here on the Big Comic Page as soon as it becomes available. In the meanitme, you can grab yourself the first two volumes of Killtopia from the BHP Comics Webstore (CLICK HERE).