"Reboot" Getting Rebooted
Submitted by roofpig on July 25, 2007 - 11:34
Remember the early 90s show "Reboot"? Well, it's coming back in a couple of different forms, including a webcomic.
By Carolyn Giardina
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - â€œReBoot,â€ one of the earliest computer-animated episodic TV series, will be redeveloped as a trilogy of feature-length films by Rainmaker Animation.
Originally produced in 1994, the series centered on life within a computer, where good forces fought invading viruses and videogames were viewed from within.
â€œReBootâ€ was created by MainFrame Entertainment, which was acquired by and renamed Rainmaker in 2006. The show aired for several seasons on ABC, YTV and Cartoon Network.
â€œThe idea is to relaunch the brand in a new way,â€ said Rainmaker Animation executive vice president Paul Gertz, who will oversee the project.
To do this, Rainmaker has entered into a strategic alliance with Zeros 2 Heroes, a Web site set to launch Monday (July 23) to provide a social network for comic book fans.
Five undiscovered writers chosen by Rainmaker were selected to work with the animation studioâ€™s production teams to prepare a pitch for the new â€œReBootâ€ story line. These will be posted on the Zeros 2 Heroes site Thursday (July 26), the opening day of San Diego Comic-Con International. Those who visit the site will be able to work with each production team to help refine the ideas for â€œReBootâ€ and later vote and select a favorite pitch. The brainstorming environment is what the site calls â€œThink Ups.â€
A Web-based comic, based on the selected story, will be published this year. Production on the features will commence at that time.
â€œâ€˜ReBootâ€™sâ€™ legions of fans have been incredibly loyal and continue to keep the property alive on dozens of fan sites,â€ Gertz said. â€œWeâ€™re very enthusiastic about how weâ€™re reconceiving this classic series by creating an innovative way for those fans â€” who were kids when the series started â€” to use new technology to help guide us.â€
Zeros 2 Heroes president Matt Toner sees the Internet as a democratizing medium. â€œIt takes away gatekeepers,â€ he said. â€œWe want to connect the fans with the producers â€¦ and let them determine what the next hits will be. When it comes to long-standing genre entertainment properties, the fans are the real experts.â€
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