Friday, August 31, 2012

Spider-Man creator all set to woo India with 'Tigeress' movie

Spider-Man creator all set to woo India with 'Tigeress' movie

New Delhi, Jul 29, 2012 (PTI)
The creator of famed comic characters such as Spider-Man and X-Men, Stan Lee is turning his eyes on an Indian mythology-based motion picture whose leading lady would be from India.
The iconic octogenarian, who is "very excited" about the Indian market, is also working on India super hero comic book titled 'Chakra - The Invincible Hero' and even looking to bring his popular comic convention into the country.

"Apart from 'Chakra' super hero comic, I look forward for many opportunities in the Indian market. There is so much of untapped growth and talent in the country," Lee told PTI from Los Angeles in a telephone interview.

POW! or Purveyors of Wonder Entertainment Inc, founded by Lee, is working on the motion picture 'Tigeress'. "The screenplay is getting ready and the film is mainly based on Indian mythology. The lead actress would be a super heroine and the story would be female-centric," Lee said.

The leading lady of the movie would be an Indian actress. According to him, this project is expected to be complete by end of next year or early 2014. The movie would be distributed in 2014 after tying up with a major film studio, he added.

Meanwhile, the company along with Liquid Comics is in advanced stages of completing 'Chakra', which is also based on Indian mythology. "At the moment, we are working with the artistes and writers. This comic will be released both in traditional and electronic formats.

"Our goal will be to launch it by the end of this year. Otherwise, it will be in early 2013," Lee said. POW is also scouting for more strategic partnerships and alliances in India. Without disclosing any names, POW President, Director and CEO Gill Champion said that discussions are continuing with many entities and the goal is to "find regional partners where we can collaborate on numerous co-productions".

Further, plans are on the anvil to bring the Stan Lee's Comikaze POW convention to India, hopefully in 2013.

"POW is extremely interested in expanding the Stan Lee brand in India, specifically in the entertainment sector. India is a very big, important and powerful country. "It is most natural to have a strong presence in that market in the 21st century and going forward," Champion said.

POW focusses on creating franchises for the entertainment industry including animation and live-action feature films, DVDs and video games.

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