Awesome Media & Entertainment options Jay Gunn’s ‘SURFACE TENSION’
Critically acclaimed graphic novel to be developed for television
London, UK – 8 June 2016: AWESOME (Awesome Media & Entertainment Ltd.), the creative incubator founded by writer-producer Jeff Norton, has optioned the media rights to newly published graphic novel ‘SURFACE TENSION’ for development into a high-end drama series.
‘SURFACE TENSION’ is written by Jay Gunn (the penname for BAFTA-winning video game designer Jason Wilson) and published by Titan Comics. The graphic novel tells the story of a channel island one year after the bulk of humanity walked into the oceans…and drowned. As this shattered community comes to grips with grief and loss, two people mysteriously return from the sea causing chaos and turmoil among the survivors.
Comic book critics have praised ‘SURFACE TENSION’ for its bold story telling. Comic Book Round-up calls it “a gorgeous adventure of unprecedented scope” and Comic Book Resources celebrates it as, “a story for our times.”
AWESOME will immediately begin developing ‘SURFACE TENSION’ for television.
Jeff Norton says, “while fans liken Surface Tension to The Walking Dead, we are focusing on the human drama of Jay Gunn’s compelling characters; think: Humans meets Lost. This is an intelligent graphic novel with something important to say, and it will make ground-breaking television.”
Jay Gunn adds, “I’m thrilled to be working with Awesome to take Surface Tension from the page to the screen. The graphic novel is inspired by classic science fiction, yet is fully in today’s zeitgeist.”
This deal marks AWESOME’s first foray into acquiring published material. AWESOME has historically been the intellectual property vehicle for Jeff Norton’s novels, and with the joining of media-veteran Peter Sussman in 2015 as shareholder and chairman it has pivoted into developing and co-producing for television.
Commenting on its expansion and creative ambition, Norton adds, “Awesome aims to be the partner of choice for the world’s most creative people to tell their stories. We focus on big ideas for small screens.”