`Men in Black` director partners with Indian-American firm

Updated: May 11, 2011, 12:33 PM IST

Washington: Liquid Comics, a digital entertainment company founded by three Indian Americans, has entered a publishing and producing partnership with "Men In Black" director Barry Sonnenfeld and producer Arnold Rifkin.Sonnenfeld, who also directed "Get Shorty", "Addams Family", "Addams Family Values" and "Pushing Daisies", for which he received an Emmy, will simultaneously develop a graphic novel and film property called, "Dominion: Dinosaurs Versus Aliens".

Superstar comic book writer, Grant Morrison of "Batman", "The Invisibles" and "18 Days" fame, will write both the graphic novel and the screenplay.

Sonnenfeld, Rifkin, producer of "Hostage", "16 Blocks", "Live Free or Die Hard", and Liquid`s CEO & co-founder, Sharad Devarajan shall be producers on the film, with talent agency WME packaging the project. Morrison and Liquid`s Co-founder, Gotham Chopra shall also be attached as executive producers.

"Growing up my fascination was all things dinosaur, and as an adult, I`ve had some success making films about aliens, so this is a dream come true," said Sonnenfeld.

The story for "Dominion: Dinosaurs Versus Aliens" is based on a secret world war battle that was never recorded in our history books. When an alien invasion attacks Earth in the age of the dinosaurs, the planet`s only saviours are the savage prehistoric beasts which are much more intelligent than humanity has ever imagined.

"My collaboration with such pedigreed talents as Barry, Sharad, and Grant has proven to be a wonderful creative experience, and I look forward to being a part of bringing Barry`s vision to the screen," added Rifkin, president of Cheyenne Enterprises.

"This epic story is everyone`s dream battle come to life. We are thrilled to work with Barry Sonnenfeld to bring his vision of dinosaurs versus aliens to the world and with Arnold Rifkin whose prolific experience as a producer will enable us to take this story to the screen," said Devarajan.

Liquid will launch the first graphic novel story for the franchise later this year in print and digital formats for the iPad, iPhone and other mobile devices. Artwork for the graphic novel will be done by acclaimed Liquid Comics artist, Mukesh Singh.