Virgin Comics, an international comics publisher, Perspective Studios, a leading producer of digital animation, and Grant Morrison, acclaimed comics scribe, are collaborating to create a new intellectual property and animation franchise based on ‘The Mahabharata’ titled MBX. In simple terms, epic Mahabharata will be fused with modern technology – gadgets, modern weapons etc – and super beings. The project got its first public look in San Diego Comic-Con 2008.
The joint venture is planning to create animation films, feature films and video game adaptations based on the Mahabharata. Grant Morrison is a noted comic book writer and his popular works include The Invisibles, New X-men and numerous scripts based on popular comic characters for Marvel Comics and DC.
So what to expect from MBX:
This is not a strictly accurate historical portrayal of events, but a poetic, fantastic interpretation of the original text,” added Morrison. “The world of ‘MBX’ is a place of incredible art and technology. This kingdom of sages, warriors, noblemen and women is stronger, faster, fitter and smarter than we are, but still prey to the same emotional foibles that lead us all into disaster.”
Virgin Comics has already released a series based on Ramayana in a futuristic world titled Ramayan Reloaded 3392 A.D.