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J. Michael Straczynski Expands His Multimedia Reach with ‘Studio JMS’

In one of the first surprise announcements of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, writer J. Michael Strazcynski has confirmed the formation of a new company that will bring all of his projects in multiple media together under one metaphorical roof, with comics projects to be published by Image. World, meet Studio JMS.Deadline had the news yesterday that the writer of comic books such as Superman: Earth One, Thor, Amazing Spider-Man and Rising Stars, movies such as The Changeling, Thor and Underworld Awakening and — of course — creator of television series Babylon 5 is partnering with Patricia Tallman for the new venture that will produce content for the Internet, television and comic books.

“The center of the storm is what comes out of my keyboard. It’s all about creating [intellectual property],” JMS said in a statement to the site, continuing,

For twenty years, I’ve had the remarkable good fortune to work successfully as a writer and producer in a wide variety of fields, from television to comics and movies. I’ve always dreamed of creating a mini-studio where I can put all of that work under one roof, telling stories that I want to tell and which can be spun up between various platforms: comics that can become TV shows, TV shows that can become movies, and movies that can become comics. With the tremendous recent success of films such as The Avengers, Thor, and the Batman series of films, this feels like the best time to tackle that dream. Best of all, unlike many other startup ventures, I’m not looking to get into these areas, I’m already working in them; now it’s just a matter of taking the next logical step: consolidation.

Studio JMS is reportedly already working on two different web series, two television series (Epidemic with Will Smith’s production company, and Vlad Dracula with Sam Raimi) and four new comic projects — Falling Angel, Ten Grand, Guardians and Sidekick — all of which will be published through a resurrected “Joe’s Comics” imprint at Image Comics.

What, if anything, this means to his Superman: Earth One series of graphic novels at DC Comics remains to be seen.

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