'Paradox' kick-starts Arcana slate


Canada-based production company Legacy Filmworks, production-finance group Bron Management and comic-book publisher and transmedia outfit Arcana Studios have teamed to produce a slate of five films based on Arcana's comic titles.

The first will be the sci-fi thriller "Paradox," which will star Kevin Sorbo and be directed by Brenton Spencer ("Stargate: Atlantis"). Sorbo plays a homicide cop on a parallel Earth ruled by magic who investigates a series of murders committed by a previously unseen means: the power of science.

Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage wrote the screenplay based on Arcana's three-issue limited series written by Christos Gage, who has worked for Marvel and DC Comics. The Gages, repped by Benderspink, wrote the 2001 Sony feature "The Breed" and have worked on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU."

Legacy Filmworks' Deboragh Gabler is producing "Paradox" and the rest of the slate, as is Bron Management's Aaron Gilbert, who helped arrange independent financing. Arcana founder-publisher Sean O'Reilly is executive producing.

Myriad Pictures is handling international sales and will work with Arcana, Legacy and Bron to brand the films.

The slate's other projects include "Chopper," a thriller based on a Martin Shapiro comic that hopes to go before cameras next month, and "Sundown," a Western vampire thriller, based on a Jay Busbee comic, which is scheduled for an April or May start. Future slate projects will be announced during the coming months.

Apart from comics, Arcana recently produced the animated Web series "Red Lotus" for Spike TV and has projects in development at MTV and Valhalla. Bron, which has an interest in Arcana, has projects at Killer Films and Legacy, which is behind Lifetime movies including "My Name Is Sarah."

Sorbo, repped by Innovative and Luber Roklin Entertainment, exercised his comedy chops this year in Universal's "An American Carol." (partialdiff)