'Jonas Moore' becomes virtual reality at MGM


MGM Domestic Television Distribution has optioned Factory Publishing's "The Many Worlds of Jonas Moore" with an eye toward developing the online graphic novel as a TV series.

"Jonas" — written, produced and directed by Howard Webster — is set in a time where the British Empire has never ended and America is just one of thousands of virtual worlds hosted on a vast global game network. When Jonas Moore (Colin Salmon), a character created by the network's founder, becomes self-aware, he is tagged by the network as a virus and goes on the run, spreading his knowledge to the other characters, which precipitates a revolution.

"We see this as a great concept that will make an exciting series for worldwide audiences," MGM worldwide TV executive vp Chris Ottinger said.

Ruth Vitale of the Film Collective brought the project to MGM and is attached as an executive producer. (partialdiff)