Today Farside Features, the animation studio behind Warhammer 40,000: Hammer and Bolter, announced a new adult animation drama series that they have developed with Strange Matter, the creative studio I own with George Mann.
Blood of Camelot is an exciting animated series that asks one simple question: What if King Arthur was a vampire?
In the show, a desperate Arthur making a terrible choice to protect his kingdom, a decision that splits the Knights of the Roundtable and corrupts the dream of Camelot forever.
As the realm falls to both creeping blight and vampiric knights, only Guinevere and Lancelot can save the king from himself and restore Camelot to its former glory.
Along the way the duo will face vicious monsters, sinister blood magic and betrayal from those they trust most, all while fighting the forbidden love that is slowly, but surely blossoming between them.
I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve been working on. From witches and twisted folklore to blood-crazed revenants and ferocious dragons, Blood of Camelot is the perfect distillation of everything I love – the darkest of dark fantasy mixed with heartbreaking romance.
With work underway on the pilot, our next step is to take the show out to networks in order to find it a home. Best of all, this is just the first of a slate of new shows Farside Features and Strange Matter are developing together.
I’ll post more when I can, but in the meantime here is the full press release direct from Farside Features website plus our amazing poster!
FARSIDE FEATURES AND STRANGE MATTER MEDIA LTD PARTNER
TO CREATE NEW SLATE OF ANIMATED SHOWS
Arthurian-inspired horror series for adult market already in development
BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM – 31st March 2022: Farside Features have partnered with Strange Matter Media Ltd to develop and produce a slate of animated series for the adult market. Their first project is BLOOD OF CAMELOT, a dark fantasy that reimagines King Arthur as a vampire despot ruling over a blighted realm.
Blood of Camelot sees King Arthur making a terrible choice to protect his kingdom, a decision that splits the knights of the roundtable and corrupts the dream of Camelot. As the realm falls prey to vicious monsters and vampiric knights, only Guinevere and Arthur’s former champion Lancelot can save the king from himself.
With work on the pilot underway, the team is looking to place the series with a network during 2022.
Farside Features’ Creative Director Dylan Shipley says: “We’re incredibly excited to be developing Blood of Camelot with Strange Matter Media. This is a dream project for us, as myself and many here grew up on a strict diet of anime and comic books. Since starting out in animation, it’s been my goal to push the industry here in the UK and start focusing on more adult animated content. Blood of Camelot is such an exciting project for Farside Features, our very own animated series built from the ground up which is already shaping into something amazing.“
Strange Matter’s joint CEO and Sunday Times bestselling author George Mann says: “Blood of Camelot combines our mutual love of folklore, mythology and horror. Farside Features are the ideal partner to bring the show’s sweeping action and emotional depth to life, giving familiar characters an unexpected and often brutal twist.”
Strange Matter’s joint CEO and New York Times bestselling author Cavan Scott adds: “The early visuals are nothing short of extraordinary. The story we’re crafting alongside Dylan and the team at Farside Features is truly epic in scope, while never losing sight of the very human story at the heart of the Arthurian mythos.”
About Strange Matter Media Ltd
Founded by bestselling writers Cavan Scott and George Mann, Strange Matter Media is an entertainment company dedicated to the best in genre storytelling in film, television, audio drama and transmedia.
Collectively, Scott and Mann have worked on world-renowned properties such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Pacific Rim, Carnival Row, Doctor Who, Assassin’s Creed and Sherlock Holmes. Individually, they have created the popular series Newbury and Hobbes, Ghosts of Manhattan, Wychwood, Engineward and Shadow Service, several of which are currently in development for screen. Scott is a story architect on Lucasfilm’s New York Times Bestselling cross-platform initiative, Star Wars: The High Republic, while Mann is a lead writer of several adult animated series currently in production.
Together, Scott and Mann have written The Hound of the Baskervilles, a full-cast adaptation of the classic Sherlock Holmes adventure starring Colin Salmon and Stephen Fry for Amazon Audible, created a range of enhanced Doctor Who audiobooks for BBC Studios and were the lead-writers on two major Doctor Who comic books events published by Titan Comics. Through Strange Matter Media, they are currently developing a slate of original genre properties for TV and film.
About Farside Features
Farside Features is a UK based animation studio telling stories through bold animated films. They bring tales to life from concept and script through to production and delivery.
By applying 2D animation techniques and building their own delivery tools, their work pairs the attention-to-detail of lifelong artists with the innovation of a future-thinking studio. Modern work that looks and feels timeless.
They are a division of Sun & Moon, an award-winning animation studio founded by Dylan Shipley and Louis Jones in 2009 with a portfolio of bright content full of character.
Farside is a space for adventurous animation rooted in story. They are currently developing original content including Blood of Camelot and a slate of new productions with Strange Matter Media and are in production on Hammer & Bolter, a groundbreaking animated anthology for Games Workshop’s new Warhammer+ platform.
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