|Industry||Film and Publishing|
|Founder(s)||Jesse Berger - Co-founder, EVP
Barry Levine - Co-founder, President
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California|
|Products||Film and Comics|
|Parent||Blatant Entertainment, Inc.|
Radical Studios is an American multimedia studio with offices in Los Angeles. It has branches in feature films, television, physical and digital publishing, merchandise, recorded music, digital and online media applications and mobile and social games.
The company launched its first titles, Hercules and Caliber, in May 2008. In May 2009 Elliott left the company, being replaced by new Editor-in-Chief David Wohl. The company continued to expand, publishing more comic titles and taking its creations and exploiting them in a growing amount of media and markets. Eventually its film arm took on a more significant role in the company and, in September 2010, it rebranded itself as Radical Studios.
Stemming from its start as a comic book publisher, and in regards to its comics, Radical Founder Barry Levine stated that “each title is built with the assumption the comic book will eventually land on the big screen.” These tools are used to attract film directors and other talent for attachment to a project during the development process. Lastly, Radical sometimes employs the comic’s series writer to draft an initial screenplay of their work as a part of the film pitch package presented to studios. Using these strategies, Radical has attracted various Hollywood talent and studios to their projects.
Films either in development or released include:
- Oblivion: Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski brought this original concept to Radical and is now a major motion picture co-writen and directed by Kosinski, and produced and released by Universal Pictures, based on the Radical Publishing illustrated novel. It stars Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Zoë Bell, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
- Hercules: The Thracian Wars: Director Brett Ratner is attached to produce and direct. A co-production of Radical Studios, MGM and Paramount Pictures. The script is written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Ryan Condal based upon the comic series created by Radical Publishing and written by Steve Moore. The lead role has been cast with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Aksel Hennie is cast in the role of Tydeus. Rufus Sewell is cast as Autolycus. Ian McShane has been cast as Amphiarus, part priest, part prophet and part warrior who is Hercules’ counselor. Also joining are Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt and Rebecca Ferguson. 
- Last Days of American Crime: Sam Worthington (Avatar) is attached to produce and star in The Last Days of American Crime.
- Abattoir: Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw and Mother’s Day is attached to write and direct a film based on the 6-issue miniseries.
- Freedom Formula:Ghost of the Wasteland: Bryan Singer (X-Men and The Usual Suspects has been attached to direct, with production through Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Productions. The rights to the film adaptation are licensed to New Regency Productions.
The company launched its first comic titles, Hercules and Caliber, in May 2008 as 5-issue mini-series and debuted as the #7 comic book company in the world in market share based on a monthly report by ICV2. Rather than the superheroes typical of Marvel and DC Comics, Radical’s titles focus on retellings of iconic fictional characters, mythology, science fiction, fantasy, horror, historical fiction, supernatural themes, and genre-based crime. Radical releases comics first as serials, and then combines these serials into higher-quality hardcover collections. First printings of each comic issue are typically 10,000 copies, with a paperback versions following later. Radical’s strategy in the comic book business is to create properties that feature painted art and “great stories that will appeal to the fans and the marketplace as a whole." Many of Radical’s titles are published in a larger 48-page form, rather than the industry standard 22-page format. Radical comics are distributed in both mass market stores and specialized comic book shops. by Diamond Comic Distributors of North America. At one point Radical had a distribution deal for mass market stores in the United States and Canada by Random House. However, the company rejoined Diamond Comic Distributors in 2011. As of 2012, Radical has published 20 different titles and is currently distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors.
The company has released a number of titles:
- Hercules (by Steve Moore):
- City of Dust by Steve Niles, Zid and Brandon Chng
- Shrapnel by Mark Long, Nick Sagan, M. Zachary Sherman and Bagus Hutomo
- Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead by Warren Ellis and Steve Pugh
- FVZA: The Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency by David Hine
- Incarnate by Nick Simmons
- Legends: The Enchanted by Nick Percival.
- Aladdin: Legacy of the Lost by Dave Elliott, Ian Edginton, Patrick Reilly and Stjepan Sejic
- The Last Days of American Crime by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini
- After Dark created by Antoine Fuqua & Wesley Snipes, written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Jeff Netrup
- Go to a full list of Radical Publishing's titles
They are also collecting and reprinting works previously published elsewhere:
- Cholly and Flytrap by Arthur Suydam
- The Lords of Misrule by John Tomlinson, Dan Abnett, Steve White, Gary Erskine and Peter Snejbjerg, recoloured by J. M. Ringuet
Radical received the 2008 Diamond Gem Award for New Comic Book Publisher of the Year from Diamond Comic Distributors. Diamond Comic Distributors is recognized as the premier comic book distributor in North America. The awards are voted on by the comic book store retailers, and are based on the overall impact of the publisher on the industry, taking into account sales performance, quality and creativity. Radical received the award for their first two titles, Hercules: The Thracian Wars and Caliber: First Canon of Justice. Both comics were launched in May 2008, and enjoyed sellout performances.
Legends: The Enchanted won the HorrorNews Net award for Best Original Graphic Novel 2010.
Legends: The Enchanted was nominated for an Eagle Award for Favourite Single Story 2010.
In July 2009 it was reported Elliott had filed a lawsuit against Radical Publishing's parent company Blatant Entertainment over unpaid wages and contract and copyright issues.
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