Krishnamma to handle Chopra's 'Beyond'

Liquid Comics' supernatural thriller set in India

NEW DELHI -- New age author Deepak Chopra's graphic novel and screenplay “Beyond” will be produced as a film to be directed by U.K.-based helmer Suri Krishnamma (“A Man of No Importance”).

“Beyond” is a property owned by Liquid Comics, formerly Bangalore-based Virgin Comics, which was launched in 2005 by founders Sir Richard Branson, director Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth”) and Chopra. But in 2008, the venture was bought  by Liquid Comics, which included Virgin Comics’ founding management team of Chopra's son Gotham, Sharad Devarajan and Suresh Seetharaman.

While a budget was not given, “Beyond” will be co-produced as a U.K. production by Gotham Chopra and Sharad Devarajan along with John Garland and Michael Dufficy.

“Beyond” is a supernatural thriller about an American businessman, Michael Morton, who arrives in India with his wife Anna and son Ty on a vacation. Wandering through a teeming bazaar, Ty watches as his mother wanders into a small store but never comes out, leading to a frenzied search for her whereabouts.

“'Beyond' is a story about reality being multi-dimensional and how we can take journeys to realms we never dreamed of by separating the veils that partition our minds. I hope to open audiences' minds to the fact that all reality is a projection of a paradigm or worldview," in a statement, Deepak Chopra said.

Among other properties, Liquid Comics has created graphic novels with filmmakers and creative talent such as John Woo, Shekhar Kapur, Guy Ritchie, Dave Stewart, Jonathan Mostow, Edward Burns, and Nicolas Cage.

Ongoing projects include a pact with Arnon Milchan's New Regency Productions to produce "Virulents" to be directed by John Moore ("Behind Enemy Lines"), a co-production with Warner Bros. for Guy Ritchie's “Gamekeeper” and “Voodoo Child” with Nicolas Cage's Saturn Films, co-produced by Reliance Big Entertainment.