Wildstorm takes rights to New Line Cinema horror titles

As announced formally at the San Diego Comic Con and relayed by Newsarama: Wildstorm, a subsidiary of DC Comics, which is a sudsidiary of Time Warner, has snagged the rights to release comic books based on the horror films produced by New Line Cinema, also a subsidiary of Time Warner. The three announced titles, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, were previously being released in comic book form by Avatar Press. However, as a means to save money, once their license ended, Time Warner moved the titles to a comic book company which they owned.

The new series of comics will in no way be related to the storylines written for the Avatar Press books and will be a completely fresh approach. While the Avatar Press comics focused heavily on gratuitous gore and violence, the Wildstorm books will focus more prominantly on the deeper horror elements of the various franchises and go more for scares than gore. The Avatar Press titles all took place firmly within the continuity of the films’ timelines, but there is no word where or if the Wildstorm series will be a “reboot” of the franchises or take place within the established continuities.

For those interested in the future that was planned but never reached for the Avatar Press storylines, at least in regards to their Friday the 13th titles, writer/artist Mike Wolfer describes his planned story arcs at the Friday the 13th Films.com messageboard.

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