SOLICITATIONS: Abnett and Lanning take on Battlestar Galactica
Dynamite announces the renewal of the classic 1978 Battlestar Galactica license with NBCUniversal, as the acclaimed writing duo of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning sign on to write an epic Battlestar Galactica series for Dynamite Entertainment in 2013! This classic Battlestar Galactica series is licensed by NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Dynamite on this Battlestar Galactica project,” says writer Dan Abnett. “I’ve been a fan of Battlestar Galactica since I was a kid, and it’s going to be great for Andy and I to get our cosmically-honed teeth into such a long-standing and beloved Science Fiction franchise.”
“Growing up in the seventies, I was hooked on sci-fi,” adds writer Andy Lanning. “As a kid I couldn’t get enough of it and grew up watching TV shows like ‘Lost in Space,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Space 1999′ and ‘Land of the Giants’ and reading comics in the UK like ‘Action and 2000 A.D.’ as well as all the Marvel and DC titles I could hunt down. Star Wars took things to a new high and in its wake there followed a flood of sci-fi entertainment that I lapped up. The original series of Battlestar Galactica was like catnip to my younger self; more than filling my rabid craving for spaceships, laser weapons, robots and alien invasions! It had cool characters, snappy dialogue, creepy alien cyborgs, awesome space battles with fantastic special effects (it was 1978 cut me some slack) and a totally cute robot dog! So, imagine the thrill and excitement to be given the chance to develop something in the Battlestar Galactica universe: to get to play with characters and concepts that I’ve grown up with, that are such a part of my formative years. With this new series from Dynamite, Dan and I are hoping we can add to the established cannon of continuity with our own take on the classic series. I know my inner 14 year old is squealing with delight at this opportunity. I’m still holding out hope that one day I’ll get my own Daggit too!” – Andy Lanning
“With the 35th anniversary of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica series just around the corner, we are incredibly excited to be working with our friends at Dynamite again to explore the further adventures of the classic Galactica crew,” said Chris Lucero, Director of Licensing for NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products. “And as a life-long comics fan, having Dan and Andy bring their intergalactic expertise to the Battlestar Galactica Universe is a huge privilege, too.”
“‘DnA’ brings the bang to Dynamite. We haven’t released new Classic Battlestar Galactica series for a bit waiting for the right writer to bring their adventures back to comes. Little did we know that it would take two writers to relaunch this universe. Very few comics writers tell awesome epic space adventures as Dan and Andy do. Renewing our contract and signing ‘DnA’ to write a series as important as Battlestar Galactica is a great combination. Dan and Andy were meant to write Battlestar Galactica and they’ll be exploring the universe featuring Starbuck, Apollo, Adama, and all the characters we know and love. Oh frack’ it, and there’ll be Cylons to fight too.” – states Dynamite President Nick Barrucci.
About Dynamite Entertainment:
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, Game of Thrones and more!
Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.
In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!
DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.
About NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group
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