It looks like FremantleMedia Enterprises will be turning to comics for new properties, as it signs a first look deal with Liquid Comics, the company formerly known as Virgin Comics.
The agreement gives FME first-look rights to new IP created by Liquid Comics for development via its various content channels, including TV distribution, home entertainment and licensing.
FME has already hand-picked two original IPs created by Liquid co-founders Gotham Chopra and Sharad Devarajan, and the companies will work together on these first projects for multiplatform media. Ani-Max is being developed as a core-kid-targeted animated series that revolves around a 12-year-old boy who gains the superpower to absorb the abilities and physical characteristics of any animal he touches.
The second property, First Family (working title), will be developed as a scripted drama and it revolves around the teenage kids of a newly elected American president as they go through high school. And Liquid is currently developing both properties as graphic novels, slated for a late 2009/early 2010 release.
Liquid Comics, which uses graphic novel publishing to develop properties for TV, theatrical live-action films, animation and video games, and has previously created original stories with John Woo, Deepak Chopra and Guy Ritchie, to name a few.