Framelight eyes graphic novels

'Dr. Deth,' 'Deadworld' among adaptations planned

NEW YORK -- Fanboys with a taste for edgy comic and graphic novel adaptations will be served by the new filmmaking outfit Framelight Prods.

Producer Jeffrey Erb and entrepreneur Robert Robinson Jr. have launched the shingle with options on several properties, including the Marvel Comics tale "Dr. Deth With Kip and Muffy" from "G.I. Joe" author Larry Hama. Framelight plans to produce six to eight films during the next five years in the $20 million-$80 million range, focusing on strong stories with powerful characters.

Other projects on the slate include Gary Reed's Caliber Press and Image Comics zombie series "Deadworld" and the supernatural thriller "Sins of the Fallen" and classic tale "1001 Arabian Nights" from Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco's Zenescope Entertainment. Framelight intends to add video game and toy properties to its list of future film adaptations.

"We don't want to traditionally option a title; we want to partner with the creator on every aspect of the production," said Robinson, founder of communications companies Xportical, B2BCast and Supply Marketing.

"We weren't the only producers wanting to make movies based on these creators' babies, but we were the only ones inviting them in as co-producers," added Erb, who also serves as CEO of Feverpitch Pictures. He has produced and executive produced five films in the past two years and several more on the horizon.

Framelight has set up offices in Norristown Studios, a 300,000-square-foot studio and soundstage facility being built in Pennsylvania. It will be establishing a West Coast office in the near future.