22nd October 2015: Imagine losing the one you love, only to find that everything you believed about them was a lie. That’s what happens to Cavalry Officer Lucas Wilson at the start of Also Known As, as he watches his wifeElizabeth murdered before his eyes, moments before he’s hanged by his corrupt commanding officer NathanielMonroe. But, offered a chance to redeem his broken soul, Lucas is recruited by Charon the Ferryman, otherwise known as Death to reap souls for him, on the condition that once he’s finished, Lucas can join his wife in Heaven. And for a hundred years, Lucas does this – working in a race against time to gather souls for Heaven before Charon’s enemy Cerberus and her demonic Rogues can drag them to Hell.
But a century later, Lucas finds himself facing his long-dead wife, now reincarnated into a new body, Faith Jones. Realising that everything he’s been told is a fallacy, Lucas goes against his orders, saving Faith and starting a journey to learn the real story behind Charon and Cerberus, one that not only reveals the truth about them, but more importantly the truth as to where the souls really go when they’re claimed.
Hunted by Charon’s psychotic enforcer Thade and the reanimated Nathaniel Monroe, Lucas and Faith must place their lives in the hands of long believed dead allies, chivalrous knights and traitorous friends as they try to find a way to not only stop Charon and Cerberus, but to save every soul ever taken by them.
But at what cost?
Based on an original idea by Andrew Nicholaou, Also Known As is a science-fiction twist on a supernatural mainstay, a film and trans-media franchise currently in development by UK-based producers BoxFly Pictures. And in addition to this BoxFly have also announced a 110 page Graphic Novel to be launched during 2016’s San Diego Comic Con, adapted by the film’s screenwriter, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Tony Lee (Doctor Who, Spider Man, Superboy), with art by critically acclaimed artist Christopher Jones (Batman, Young Justice, Avengers), colors by Charlie Kirchoff (Doctor Who, Star Trek, Green Lantern) and letters by Aditya Bidikar (MacGyver, Faction Paradox).
“When we first brought Tony in to rewrite the screenplay, his background as a comic writer interested us immensely,” said Haydn Pryce-Jenkins, Director of BoxFly. ‘We always saw this as a trans-media franchise, involving film, comic and a variety of games, all set in the same world and focusing on the war between Rogues and Reapers. When we decided to push forward with this, Tony brought to the table some top-notch art teams, including Christopher, Charlie and Aditya. When we saw their work together, we knew we had something special.”
With print media including the Also Known As graphic novel and the development of several video and card-based games connected to the franchise, BoxFly is currently finalising deals with several companies before announcing the book’s publisher. “We’re hoping to announce in the New Year,” continued Pryce-Jenkins. “Before that though, we’re working with everyone to have an exclusive ashcan ready for the London Super Comic Con in February, before launching the finished book at San Diego in July.”
FILM OPTION DEAL FOR TONY LEE AND STOKER GREAT-GRAND NEPHEW DACRE STOKER, ON STORY BASED ON BRAM STOKER’S CREATON OF DRACULA.
16th October 2015: BoxFly Pictures have optioned STOKER’S MONSTER: BEFORE DRACULA, an original screenplay written by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Tony Lee, based on a story co-created with Bram Stoker’s Great Grand Nephew, Dacre Stoker.
With a setting inspired by actual events, STOKER’S MONSTER is the story of Bram Stoker’s creation of one of the most famous literary villains of all time, and the sequence of events that led to this. Set in New York City in early 1888, STOKER’S MONSTER follows Bram Stoker, then the manager of Henry Irving’s Lyceum Theatre Troop as they finish their U.S tour of Goethe’s ‘Faust’, with a story that not only mirrors the play they perform, but also involves sudden and unexplainable deaths, mysterious figures, real-life theatre fires and ends with a flash blizzard, the ‘Great Blizzard of 1888’, that not only blocked out the sun for three days, but also claimed the lives of over two hundred people in New York alone, named as one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States of America.
With a cast of recognisable historical figures that were not only there at the time but have also been claimed as inspiration for several of the characters in ‘Dracula’, STOKER’S MONSTER is a historical horror that also has a level of authenticity provided by Bram’s own notes, provided by historian Dacre from the Stoker family’s records.
“We first met with Tony and Dacre back in March, and we’re excited to finally be able to announce this,” said Haydn Pryce-Jenkins, Director of BoxFly. “The true events of 1888 add a chilling authenticity to the story, and the levels of research, both in setting and characters has been incredible.”
It’s not the first time that Dacre Stoker or Tony Lee have worked with Bram Stoker’s creations – in 2009 Dacre co-wrote the New York Times Bestselling ‘Dracula: The Un-Dead’, the first ‘official’ sequel to Dracula for Penguin / Dutton Books with novelist Ian Holt, while Tony wrote ‘From The Pages Of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’: Harker’, a critically acclaimed graphic novel sequel to ‘Dracula’, published by Markosia Publishing.