We’re super excited to share another exciting new Skybound project with you fine folks! We’re partnering with Next Entertainment World’s Contents Panda to produce the series THE VILLAINESS! The show is based on the Korean film of the same name which debuted in 2017 and follows a deadly assassin who must make peace with her past. We’re beyond pleased that the director of the original film, JUNG Byung-gil, is slated to direct the pilot episode. We can’t wait for you to see all this epic action! For now, you can check out the press release below.
SKYBOUND ENTERTAINMENT AND CONTENTS PANDA TEAM TO PRODUCE THE VILLAINESS
The Television Series Will Be Based off the 2017 Korean Film
January 15th , 2019 (Los Angeles, CA) – Skybound Entertainment and Next Entertainment World’s Contents Panda announced a partnership to produce The Villainess, a scripted series based on the 2017 Korean film of the same name. JUNG Byung-gil, who directed the original film, is attached to direct the pilot episode.
Based off the 2017 theatrical version, The Villainess will follow Anes, who was kidnapped from her home in Korea and raised as a deadly assassin in Los Angeles. Just when Anes believes she has found true peace, unsettling events drive her to return to Korea to uncover dangerous truths about her home and her past.
“JUNG Byung-gil has quickly established himself as one of the world’s great action directors, and we’re incredibly excited to be working with him to expand the world of The Villainess into a thrilling international series,” said Bryan and Sean Furst in a joint statement.
Skybound and Contents Panda are currently looking for a writer for The Villainess.
“We expect that The Villainess, which made a successful debut in Cannes Film Festival, will bring special entertainment and fun to the audience with its rich stories of the genre, and through the partnership with Skybound Entertainment, already well-known for The Walking Dead,” said KIM Jae-min of Contents Panda.
Additional television projects at Skybound include an animated adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s comic book series Invincible at Amazon, in production now, a pre-apocalyptic series 5 Year which is being produced across various markets globally, and genre-bending docu-series Dead by Dawn with NatGeo WILD, which premiered on January 13, 2019.
About Skybound Entertainment:
Founded in 2010, Skybound Entertainment is a multiplatform entertainment company managed by partners Robert Kirkman, David Alpert and Jon Goldman. Skybound houses projects ranging from television, film, emerging platforms, comics, interactive gaming, live events, and more. In 2016, the company expanded to Vancouver with the opening of their Skybound North office, working to expand Skybound’s footprint into the animation and children’s space with top Canadian talent. In 2018, Skybound opened GammaRay, a video-content brand focused on pop culture, and expanded Skybound Games into a venture focused on publishing independently developed games.
Skybound Entertainment is responsible for television hits including The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Outcast, Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics, and currently holds a first-look television deal with Amazon Studios. On the film side, Skybound has a first-look deal with Universal. Robert Kirkman’s second-longest running comic series Invincible will be developed for film at Universal and is in production for an animated series at Amazon.
The interactive gaming slate includes partnerships with Starbreeze, Skydance, Scopely, and more. Skybound is currently publishing comic book titles The Walking Dead, Oblivion Song, Die!Die!Die!, Outcast, Redneck, Gasolina, Crude, and more.
About Contents Panda:
Contents Panda is Next Entertainment World’s international business and ancillary rights division. It was founded in 2013, pitching top-notch films presented by NEW, Contents Panda and others. Contents Panda also has an acquisition team that distributes ancillary products and invests in various entertainment products. Each year, Contents Panda tries to widen the spectrum of business markets and develop new models for the platform.