There’s been a LOT of news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con, but something that’s particularly fun and personally satisfying to us was what came out of the RAW Studios panel on Saturday. For those not familiar, RAW is the comic book and entertainment company formed by prestigious cover artist Tim Bradstreet and acclaimed actor Thomas Jane. Through their comic imprint they’ve released several projects, including ALIEN PIG FARM 3000 (written by DRIVE ANGRY screenwriter Todd Farmer), and the inspired sci-fi series BAD PLANET. Tom also directed and starred in his own 3-D movie called DARK COUNTRY, which was also beautifully adapted as a trade paperback through RAW by artist Thomas Ott. Now they’re taking things to the next level with the BAD PLANET video game. Through partnership with Austin-based Red Fly Studios, RAW is developing a highly-ambitious video game adaptation of their popular comic, and is looking for support from the fan community with a Kickstarter project – complete with some choice incentives.
• Genre: 3rd-Person Action/Sci-Fi
• Platforms: PC (Steam), XBLA and PSN to be added later
• Target Audience: Hardcore Action
• Rating: Mature
• Technology: Unreal 3
Bad Planet immerses you in the role of the Convict, a nearly indestructible Pheadon Warrior battling to save Earth from a horde of rampaging alien Death Spiders that are intent on turning our world into their breeding ground. Visually stunning, deep, brutal 3rd-person combat; tons of collectibles, customizable weapons and equipment; compelling character growth; and epic battles against hordes of alien monsters all combine to make Bad Planet a distinctly amazing experience.
But that’s not the only cool news to come from the RAW panel. Fans in attendance were treated to a very special fan film (under 10 minutes) produced by RAW, directed by Phil Joanau (who helmed the cult classic THREE O’CLOCK HIGH), art directed by Tim Bradstreet, and starring Thomas Jane. As many may remember, Tom played Frank Castle/The Punisher in 2004’s THE PUNISHER from Lionsgate. A
Jane didn’t return for the sequel PUNISHER: WAR ZONE due to differences of opinion on the script, but many to this day praise his performance as Castle, despite whatever shortcomings the film may have had. The fan film DIRTY LAUNDRY is a nod to the fans and the character, and proof that Tom “gets” the character more than even the studios may have realized. Check it out below.
You have to admit, especially if you’re a fan of the Marvel Comics and his take with the first film, this is pretty damn cool. Check out RAW Studios online, and join in on the fandom in their forums… but most importantly, throw some sheckles in on the BAD PLANET video game, so the coolness these guys have brought us on the page can continue in new and exciting ways.