'Smallville' Producer James Marshall Partners With GroupM, Graphic India for 'The Adventurers Club'
The new live-action TV series is based on an in-development graphic novel revolving around lost cultures and supernatural events.
Smallville producer James Marshall, GroupM Entertainment and digital media startup Graphic India have announced a partnership for a new live-action television series, The Adventurers Club.
Marshall and Graphic India co-founders Sharad Devarajan and Gotham Chopra created the series and will serve as executive producers. Emmy-nominated television writer Sam Egan will write the pilot and is also a producer.
The series revolves around Edward Hughes, a man driven by a personal quest for redemption to save his wife and missing son. His journey takes the viewer through secret societies, forbidden cults, lost cultures and supernatural events, unlocking secrets that have devastating consequences.
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GroupM Entertainment -- owned by advertising major WPP -- will share executive producer credit and ownership of the series, including syndication rights, while lending creative and strategic support. Distribution and syndication deals for the series are yet to be announced. The Adventurers Club will also be launched later this year as a new interactive mobile comic app from Graphic India.
“The Adventurers Club is a project that I am very passionate about,” said Marshall. “The story world is vast and compelling and the subject matter is incredibly thought-provoking. It’s something you could explore forever and never get bored.”
“This is an exciting new project for us and we’re very anxious to take it to market and find a distributor. All of us at GroupM are particularly excited about working with James Marshall, whose background and experience will take this show to a new level,” said GME global CEO Peter Tortorici.
Marshall is an award-winning producer and television director who has produced or directed more than 160 episodes for television, including Smallville, Falling Skies, Charlie’s Angels, The O.C., Tarzan, Birds of Prey, Charmed and Dead Like Me.
In addition to The Adventurers Club, series creators Devarajan and Chopra are screenwriters and producers on the feature The Sadhu, in development with producer Mark Canton’s Atmosphere Entertainment (300, The Immortals). Graphic India was formed by Liquid Comics and CA Media, the Asian investment arm of The Chernin Group.