Written by: Joey Esposito, Special to CC2K
Dark Horse Comic's El Zombo Fantasma, the comic created by Kevin Munroe and David Wilkins, is being brought to the silver screen by a partnership of Death Ray Films and Maya Entertainment. Dark Horse's press release describes the story as following:
"The story follows the mysterious murder of the world's most notorious Mexican wrestler who bargains his way out of an eternity of fiery damnation by returning to Los Angeles to play guardian angel to a troublesome teen, Belisa Montoya. He soon discovers that the teen is not what she seems and that their fates have been intertwined for centuries."
Kevin Munroe (TMNT) will be acting as writer/director, with his Death Ray Films co-founders, Chris Patton and Robert Sanchez, producing. Mike Richardson of Dark Horse will be executive producing for his company, and Oscar Nominee Moctesuma Esparza (1977's Agueda Martinez: Our People, Our Country) acting as Executive Producer for Maya Entertainment.
In addition to the new live action feature film, the pair of companies have also announced an animated series to follow the movie.
“Zombo started years ago as just a geeky idea between two friends who worked at the same video game company,” says Munroe. “But Dave and I always knew that the property had a broader appeal than just its publishing roots, and now we'll see it finally reach an entirely new audience. I'm thrilled to be a part of creating this new breed of superhero for the big screen.”
About Death Ray Films
DEATH RAY FILMS is an entertainment production company founded by comic book & film industry veterans Chris Patton, Robert Sanchez and Kevin Munroe. The trio's diverse backgrounds and extensive experience in all forms of media include: film, TV, Internet, comics and video games. And when combined, they form a giant robot.
About Maya Entertainment
MAYA ENTERTAINMENT, created by award winning producer Moctesuma Esparza, is a vertically integrated company and is the only production/distribution/exhibition entity in the United States, dedicated to the constantly growing US Latino Market. The Latino market represents the fastest-growing consumer segment in the U.S. and accordingly offers some of the most exciting growth opportunities for the entertainment industry today. Maya Entertainment is uniquely poised to become the first broad-based Latino-oriented filmed entertainment company.