Dynamite’s Vampirella Is Coming To the Big Screen
Back in 1996, the first-ever live-action Vampirella movie cast Mortal Kombat‘s Talisa Soto as the iconic vampire from Drákulon. While that film didn’t make a splash on the big screen, Vampi may soon have her shot at cinematic redemption.
Dynamite Entertainment and Mike The Pike Productions’ Arowana Media Holdings have announced a deal that includes the rights for a new Vampirella feature film. Additionally, the deal also includes the TV rights to characters and stories within the Vampirella Universe. Mark Newbauer of Mike The Pike will produce the film alongside Nick Barrucci and Juan Collado of Dynamite Entertainment. Additionally, the deal for rights was negotiated by and between Joseph Lanius of Lanius Law & Associates for Mike The Pike Entertainment and John Michael Murray of Behr Abramson Levy with Charles Ferraro of UTA and Ford Lyttle Gilmore of Illuminati Entertainment for Dynamite.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to bring this amazing character to screen in a big way,” said Mike the Pike CEO Mark B. Newbauer in a statement. “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.”
“[Barucci] and everyone at Dynamite have resurrected this character in a significant way over the past decade,” added Newbauer. “We are truly grateful for the faith and support of Dynamite, Nick, and their reps, including producer/manager Ford Gilmore of Illuminati Entertainment.”
Forrest J Ackerman created Vampirella in 1969 with designs by Trina Robbins.
While facing Dracula and other creatures, Vampirella met and romanced Adam van Helsing, the son of monster hunter Conrad van Helsing, She also made allies including the werepanther, Pantha, and a washed up magician named Pendragon. Of course, Vampirella is also famous for her distinctive one-piece costume; which still endures in her modern Dynamite adventures.
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