Cooksey joins Rainmaker for 'ReBoot'

5:00 AM PST 06/02/2008 by Carolyn Giardina, AP

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Jon Cooksey has been signed to write the script for the first feature based on "ReBoot," one of the earliest computer-animated episodic TV series.

"ReBoot" is being redeveloped as a trilogy of feature-length films by Rainmaker Animation. Originally produced in 1994, the series was created by MainFrame Entertainment, which was acquired by Rainmaker and renamed in 2006.

Meanwhile, as part of a marketing campaign that was developed in conjunction with Zeros 2 Heroes Media, a "ReBoot" relaunch began with a series of writers pitching ideas, with one selected to work with Rainmaker's animation team to create a comic that would evolve with the help of fans via the Web.

The new comic, "Paradigms Lost," was the brainchild of writer Jeff Campbell, producer Shea Wageman, artist Shaun Martens and designer Kelly Schmidt. In the story, two mortal enemies, the heroic Guardians and merciless Codemasters, set aside their differences to battle a viral outbreak that threatens the stability of cyberspace. The comic premiered Friday on the Web.

"The idea is to relaunch the brand in a new way," Rainmaker Animation exec vp Paul Gertz said.

Gertz added that the feature script will be a different story from the comic. "But we plan to continue our methodology in terms of engaging the fans," he said.

Cooksey is a co-creator of "The Collector," and his writing credits include TV series "Rugrats" and "Outer Limits."

Projects in production at Rainmaker include its first computer-animated feature, "Escape From Planet Earth." (partialdiff)
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