GearHead #1 coverPress Release

Arcana Studio, Canada's leading comic book publisher is pleased to announce their comic book series, GearHead has been optioned by Darius Films.

GearHead tells the tale of Shelby Cooper, a teenage girl who lives in a world of spandex-clad Superhero politicians and electric cars. However, she's more into big gas-guzzling hot rods than spandex clad muscle heads. That is until she finds out her dad died fighting alongside those heroes. Soon she sets off on a cross country road trip that leads from the race tracks to the White House in search of answers. She's the ultimate bad ass, a hot chick with a hotrod. She drives fast, talks trash, and hurts people with a big-ass wrench. She is GearHead!

The comic series created by Dennis Hopeless and Kevin Mellon debuted at the New York Comic Con in February 2007 to rave reviews. It is the first series for the talented newcomers. When reached for a comment, Dennis Hopeless said, "It's not something we expected... at all." His partner, Kevin Mellon, echoed his sentiments, "When Dennis Hopeless and I started to work on GearHead over a year and a half ago, the absolute last thing on our minds was the possibility that it could be a movie. Consider our minds blown. We're very excited about the opportunities this presents us, and our publisher, Sean O'Reilly at Arcana Studios. We couldn't be happier that a company like Darius Films has taken a chance on our little idea about a girl with wrench who beats people up."

Darius Films is a leading Toronto-based film and television production company. Since their inception in 1996, they have produced over a dozen films; working in a variety of genres, styles, and budget ranges. Their successes include the music mock-umentrary THE LIFE AND HARD TIMES OF GUY TERRIFICO, which was named best Canadian film of 2005, WEIRDSVILLE, which opened the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival, and HANK AND MIKE, an adult comedy about Easter Bunnies.. Their films have screened at international festivals, won awards, and earned critical praise. They have also been sold theatrically, released on video and DVD, and have been licensed to television around the world.

Adapting the comic book to the big screen is Director/Writer Cory Kinney. Cory has won international praise for his short film works 'The Chair' and 'The Sparkle Lite Motel.' Cory is thrilled to be adapting Gearhead for the screen and is really looking forward to developing Shelby Cooper into something that both satisfies the fans of the comic book and brings something new that audiences won't be expecting.

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