February 29, 2012 4:06am PT by Nyay Bhushan
Barry Sonnenfeld's ‘Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens’ Graphic Novel Set for Summer Launch
Move over cowboys, its dinosaurs that are going to battle aliens now. Following its launch announcement last May, Liquid Comics will release graphic novel Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens this summer based on an original story by Men In Black director Barry Sonnenfeld who worked closely on the project with comic book creator Grant Morrison (Batman, 18 Days, The Invisibles).
Morrison is writing both the graphic novel and the film screenplay for Sonnenfeld to direct while artwork for Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens is being done by Liquid Comics artist Mukesh Singh, who previously worked with Morrison on the 18 Days hardcover book.
Sonnenfeld, Arnold Rifkin (Hostage, 16 Blocks, Live Free or Die Hard) and Liquid’s CEO & Co-founder, Sharad Devarajan will be producers on Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens, with WME packaging the project. Morrison and Liquid’s Co-founder, Gotham Chopra will also be attached as executive producers.
The story for Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens is based on a secret world war battle that was never recorded in history books. When an alien invasion attacks Earth in the age of the dinosaurs, our planet’s only saviors are the savage prehistoric beasts which are much more intelligent than humanity has ever imagined.
In addition to the graphic novel, the project will also launch as an interactive digital app and E-Book. To kick off the launch of Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens, Liquid will first release over 50,000 free preview editions of the book through comic book shops nationwide as part of the comic industry’s annual “Free Comic Book Day” event on May 5th.
In June, Liquid will work with publishing partner, Dynamite Entertainment to release a premium hardcover graphic novel of the series priced at $19.99. In addition to the physical book launch, Liquid will release an enhanced interactive digital book app, allowing readers to peel back the layers and see how selected art pages were created, while also engage in various interactive features to enhance the story further.
“Growing up my fascination was all things dinosaur, and as an adult, I've had some success making films about aliens, so this is a dream come true. I met Sharad several years ago when I wrote a forward for one of Liquid’s graphic novels and we've been trying to do a project together ever since,” said Sonnenfeld in a statement.
“In both formats - as a screenplay with Barry’s patient, insightful support and constant encouragement to be bold and creative, or as a graphic novel with Mukesh soaring sublime - I’ve had immense and blissful fun with every stage of this project and enjoyed the sheer luxury of working with incredibly imaginative and intelligent people. And some pretty smart dinosaurs too, as you’ll see,” added Morrison.
“This epic story is everyone’s dream battle come to life. We are thrilled to work with Barry Sonnenfeld to bring his vision of Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens to the world,” said Devarajan. “Barry’s creativity is also enhanced by the amazing talents of Grant Morrison who remains one of graphic fiction’s modern masters and Mukesh Singh, whose artwork continues to defy the limits of human imagination.”