[ENGLISH] Filmmaker Ryan Schifrin, creator and co-writer of the Devil’s Due military horror series SPOOKS, announced the January 30, 2008 launch of the official SPOOKS web site, located at http://www.SpookstheComic.com. The site will feature original creative content, including: • Illustrated fact files on key military personnel • The official Department of Supernatural Defense « Most Wanted » list • Excerpts from the first issue • The official DOPD mission statement • Key links, including creator interviews and the « Comic Shop Locator Service »
• SPOOKS music by Lalo Schifrin and Andy Garfield
« We’re really jazzed about the series, which hits next month, and wanted to do something special to commemorate the launch, » Schifrin revealed. SPOOKS is a four-issue arc with a script co-authored by veteran writer Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine), artwork by Adam Archer and Jonny Rench (Friday the 13th), and creative underpinnings developed by Hama and famed fantasy author R.A. Salvatore (Forgotten Realms, Demon Wars). The covers for issue #1 were done by Greg Staples and Adam Archer, with subsequent covers by Archer, Federico D’Alessandro, Bill Sienkiewicz, and even film legend Drew Struzan.
The series spotlights the Department of Supernatural Defense, a branch of the military that « recruits, arms, and deploys specially trained forces based within the nation’s borders in support of national security…to keep the country free of supernatural enemies, whether their origins are domestic, international, or otherworldly. »
This first limited series reveals a plot by supernatural terrorist groups to enter the United States covertly and launch a nationwide assault. Schifrin, producer-director of the SciFi Channel event movie Abominable, developed the original concept while working with film producer Daniel Alter (Hitman). Together, they brought SPOOKS to Josh Blaylock, president of Devil’s Due Publishing.
« This is only the beginning for SPOOKS, » Schifrin revealed. « We’ll be adding to the web site on a regular basis, while developing the second story arc. We’ll also use the site to make special announcements as SPOOKS explodes into other media. »
The site was developed by Frog on Top Studios, a company doing internet and media development for the past twelve years, helping to shape and advance the world of online media. With clients from the Forbes prestigious « Fortune 500″ list, they have become a very successful developer and have produced a wide variety of mediums including film, Web, television, kiosk, and gaming. Some of their more prestigious clients include General Motors, BF Goodrich, Autodesk, T-Mobile, Alaskan Airlines, Alpine Electronics and numerous Hollywood icons such as Vin Diesel and Sean Patrick Flanery.
The first issue of SPOOKS hits comic book stores in February, 2008. Each of the four monthly issues will feature variant covers, and all four issues will be collected into a trade edition that will include exclusive bonus features, as well.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: RYAN SCHIFRIN
ABC Nightline News touted RYAN SCHIFRIN as the « future of horror »
after the feature film Abominable, his critically acclaimed directing
debut opened in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. A graduate of the
University of Southern California School of Cinema, Schifrin received
his Bachelor of Arts degree in Production. He was a music consultant
for the major motion pictures Rush Hour 2 and Rush Hour 3, working
with his father Lalo Schifrin and director Brett Ratner, and
co-produced the Rush Hour 3 soundtrack CD. He is a native of Southern
California, where he lives with his wife, Theresa.