28 APR 2021

THREE RIVER STUDIOS ACQUIRES RIGHTS OF BRYAN TALBOT’S SUCCESSFUL GRAPHIC NOVELS

The company will develop, finance and produce a live action TV series based on Bryan Talbot’s graphic novels "The Adventures of Luther Arkwright" and its sequel, "Heart of Empire".

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"The Adventures of Luther Arkwright" and "Heart of Empire"

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Three River Studios has optioned the rights for Bryan Talbot’s graphic novels "The Adventures of Luther Arkwright" and its sequel "Heart of Empire" to develop, finance and produce a live action, returnable TV series based on these multi-award winning graphic novels.

Considered to be one of the most significant graphic novel series to come out of Britain, the stories from "The Adventures of Luther Arkwright" and "Heart of Empire" are rich in lore and legend, vast in the scope, and have an incredible breadth of complex characters.

Written for a mature readership and born out of the anti-establishment wave of the 70s and 80s and in part as a protest at the rise of the far right, "The Adventures of Luther Arkwright" are a violent, raunchy combination of satire, science fiction and thrilling adventure into what has been described as the very first steampunk comic.

The series is being produced by Jonathan Drake, CEO of Three River Studios and Bryan Talbot is attached as an Executive Producer and further talent will be announced over the coming year.

Jonathan Drake, CEO of Three River Studios says “Bryan Talbot’s work is everything science fiction should be. He stands at the very beginning of a tradition that gave us the likes of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis – his works were then, and remain now, cutting edge. The best Sci-Fi always says something meaningful about the world or asks new questions about it. 'The Adventures of Luther Arkwright' is unique for its time in being aimed squarely at adult readers, with a rich and sophisticated visual style that echoes some of the great auteur film makers. It thrills, challenges readers, and makes you think. Luther’s unique status as a traveller between parallel realities and his saviour-like qualities might liken him to 'Doctor Who' – but an R-Rated version, that doesn’t shy away from sex, politics and the grim realities of violence. Bryan’s parallel worlds are woven together with a complex and consistent mythology, a rich array of human characters (never monster of the week!) and an eye for a much grander story and purpose.”

Bryan Talbot adds “I’m very excited that Three River Studios is working on a TV adaptation of the Luther Arkwright stories. With the digital technology at their disposal and a genuine love of the original, I’m very much looking forward to the series."

Bryan Talbot’s work is everything science fiction should be. He stands at the very beginning of a tradition that gave us the likes of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis – his works were then, and remain now, cutting edge” Jonathan Drake CEO of Three River Studios