By: Nicole D'Andria
For the next five years, Ed Brubaker (Fatale, Batman) and Sean Phillips (Fatale, Sleeper) are going to be doing as they please over at Image Comics. Why? Because this creative team have made a deal with Image that they will have total control and ownership over any projects they will be doing for them over the next five years.
Ed Brubaker is ecstatic about the decision and says "This is amazing. It's like having an overall deal with a studio, except we get to greenlight our own projects… Sean and I have been making comics together for fifteen years, and in the early days before we built the passionate readership we have now, we struggled to survive, so a deal like this is exactly what I was looking for. I've already got more than enough ideas to fill those five years, and both Sean and I are looking forward to experimenting and really pushing the boundaries."
The first series Brubaker and Phillips will be The Fade Out. Coming this in the summer of 2014 after Fatale concludes with issue 24, The Fade Out is a noir story that takes place in late 40s’ Hollywood and during World War II. It focuses on the death of a rising starlet and is a spiritual successor to Brubaker and Phillips Criminal series.
The Fade Out will be an ongoing series published by Image Comics in the summer of 2014 but several of Brubaker and Phillips projects are going to become films. Director Kim Jee-Woon (A Bittersweet Life, I Saw The Devil) has signed up to direct the “Coward” story arc in Criminal and their other comic book series, Sleeper, is going to be produced by Ben Affleck (Argo) and Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity) at Warner Bros.