Creature shop MastersFX and Arcana, a comic book and graphic novel publisher as well as an animation and live-action studio, have signed a new multi-picture deal to create and produce genre-based feature films on Arcana’s vast library of characters and IPs, the companies announced on Monday. .
Arcana and MastersFX are currently in development on “American Wasteland,” the second of their planned joint venture films based on an Arcana graphic novel property, the companies revealed to TheWrap via email.
“American Wasteland” tells the story of truck driver Cletus McCoy trying to save his mother from a vampire apocalypse. “Cletus will have to fight his way through an emerging nation of bloodthirsty monsters bent on giving him supper. Guns, guts, and a boy named Sumbitch are our hero’s only hope,” reads a plot description for Arcana.
The Canadian company’s first project resulting from the deal, “Remedies”, will premiere on Tubi on April 29. The movie, which stars Bruce Willis as “The Lobe,” is set in San Tiburon, a maximum-security prison housing “the world’s most treacherous superpowered criminals,” according to a statement. one of the last films Willis made before announcing his decision to retire from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia – was directed and produced by Arcana founder Sean Patrick O’Reilly (“Howard Lovecraft”, “The Kingdom of Madness”). and co-stars Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”). “Corrective Measures” represents Arcana’s first live-action feature film.
Todd Masters, “President and Mastermind” of Emmy-winning MastersFX, said in a statement, “To realize our shared vision of producing effective genre-themed entertainment, Arcana and MastersFX have entered into a new multi- images, through which we will jointly produce genre-defining live-action content. Sean and I share a collective way of thinking and working, which has worked very well on corrective action. Having experience with so many different production teams over the years, we’ve honed in on shortcuts to things that often take weeks on other productions, and this allows us to get more of the budget on screen.
Said O’Reilly in the statement, “Todd and his team have tons of experience in the genre, and they really help us stick to our philosophy of ‘Farm to Fork’ by keeping our content produced live. within reasonable budgets.”I can’t think of a better partner than Todd Masters and his team at MastersFX for our expansion into live action production.”
MastersFX has been producing hands-on, digital make-up effects, prosthetics and animatronics since 1987 for TV shows such as ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘The Good Doctor’, ‘This Is Us’, ‘The Umbrella Academy’ and many more. ‘others. A sampling of the company’s many films include ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’, ‘Star Trek: First Contact’, ‘The Horse Whisperer’ and ‘Snakes on a A Plane’.
Arcana, based in Burnaby, British Columbia, was formed in 2014 when O’Reilly first wrote and published the “Kade” comic book series with artists Eduardo Garcia as illustrator and Diamond Comics as distributor. In 2006 Arcana acquired Arcana.com, building one of the largest comic book, graphic novel and character sites, and in 2012 opened an animation division for all platforms.