AVAILABLE MARCH 2014, NEW ONGOING NOVEL SERIES LEADS IN TO THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED THEATRICAL RELEASE OF RIO 2
Papercutz will introduce fans to the box office sensation “RIO” through an ongoing series of graphic novels developed in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. Available in March 2014, the first book will serve as a bridge between the original animated comedy adventure, and the highly anticipated sequel from Blue Sky Studios and Fox Animation, “RIO 2,” arriving in theaters April 2014.
“When I first saw ‘RIO’ a few years ago I was completely swept away, just like everyone else,” said Papercutz Editor-In-Chief Jim Salicrup. “The breathtaking vistas, the music, and Blu’s journey; all of it is amazing. The storytellers at Blue Sky Studios are so talented and we jumped at the chance to tell more tales in the rich world they’ve created.”
The series will be written by Stefan Petrucha (POWER RANGERS, NANCY DREW) and illustrated by fan-favorite animation comics artist James Silvani (Darkwing Duck, Richie Rich). The first volume, entitled, “Snakes Alive!” catches up with Blu and Jewel, the last surviving Blue Spix Macaws, as they raise their kids in the Blu Bird Sanctuary near Rio de Janeiro. When the sanctuary is threatened by financial trouble, Blu and the gang embark on a quest deep into the jungle to find an ancient treasure that may save their home.
“Movie-goers around the world, both young and old, fell in love with Blu and Jewel. Through this special partnership with Papercutz, “RIO”will take on a new form for fans to enjoy in graphic novels,” said Roz Nowicki, Executive Vice President of Global Sales & Retail, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “The creative team behind this series and the trusted publishing team at Papercutz will no doubt treat audiences to engaging and fun adventures with the lovable characters of the film franchise.”
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