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UCP Developing DREADSTAR, Guardians’ Jim Starlin to Produce

By on February 18, 2015


Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and Benderspink (We’re the Millers, Ride Along) are developing the comic book Dreadstar into a scripted series with iconic comic artist and creator Jim Starlin (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel) who will serve as executive producer. Ford Gilmore is also signed on to produce.

The news came today from Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development at UCP.

“Jim Starlin’s cosmic space opera is a great read and it’s time for Vanth Dreadstar to make his television debut,” said Olmstead. “UCP and Benderspink believe this series will galvanize existing Dreadstar comic followers and ignite a new generation of fans especially with Jim at the helm”.

Dreadstar is based on the classic character from the Marvel-owned Epic Comics imprint and centers on Vanth Dreadstar, sole survivor of the entire Milky Way galaxy, and an ensemble cast of crewmates, including cyborg sorcerer Syzygy Darklock, and their struggle to end an ancient war between two powerful, evil empires: The Church of The Instrumentality, run by the Lord Papal; and the Monarchy, administered by King Gregzor.

“I consider Dreadstar to be an extension of my family, so it took me a while to feel comfortable letting anyone else take care of this project,” said Jim Starlin. “It has taken some time, but I know I’ve put my trust in the right team and I’m excited to collaborate with Universal Cable Productions and Benderspink to bring Dreadstar’s unique brand of chaos to television.”

Jim Starlin has been a leading creative force in the comic book industry for over four decades. He has worked on iconic characters ranging from Iron Man and Batman to The Avengers and the Justice League. Outside of comics, Jim has written four prose novels with Diana Graziunas, Among Madmen, Lady El, Pawns, and Thinning the Predators.

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