SOURCE: Mike The Pike Productions, Inc.

Mike The Pike Productions, Inc.

September 09, 2009 14:59 ET

Mike The Pike Productions, Inc. Acquires Literary Option With (Very Sharp) Teeth

MTP Prods Over the (Full) Moon on Recent Deal With Celebrated Author

FORT WAYNE, IN--(Marketwire - September 9, 2009) - Mike The Pike Productions, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: MIKP) has finalized a deal with George R.R. Martin, to acquire a literary option/film rights to his macabre werewolf novella, "The Skin Trade," which was first featured in "Night Visions V," a compilation of horror standouts written by the genre's best of the best including headliner Stephen King.

George R.R. Martin has become quite the hot topic in Hollywood this year with France's Cyanide Studios picking up an option to create a video game for next generation consoles and PC based on Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire." As well, HBO has ordered a pilot for R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones," an epic fantasy which has begun casting already with leads including Sean Bean and Lena Headey.

MTP Prods, CEO, Mark B. Newbauer couldn't be happier with the opportunities this option acquisition offers Mike the Pike Productions, its private investors and its shareholders, "This is a fantastic step up for the motion picture division of our company. We began discussions on this property almost two years ago with the foresight that vampires and werewolves would be the forthcoming trend -- If you look back on the decades in film, you can begin spotting trends as to what genres follow others and which ones appeal to certain cultural climates and it's something at which Beth and I have become very savvy. We can't take full credit on this at risk of being boastful, but the timing couldn't be better for this project. That said, the appeal is that it is timeless in form with a gothic detective story with a hint of the supernatural chilling down the spine of a premise which features a serial killer targeting werewolves."

An adaptation of Stephanie Meyers' "Twilight" hit the screens in 2008 and 2010-2012 is booked with pilots and screenplays all about the Wolf. Newbauer continues, "Hollywood Reporter recently announced Fox Networks' 'Bitches,' described as a 'quirky fairy tale' about a quartet of female friends in New York City who just happen to also be werewolves. A remake of the Michael J. Fox vehicle of the 1980's, 'Teen Wolf' is also underway and even Academy Award winners Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro are tackling the subject in a studio remake of 'The Wolfman.' We think this story ('The Skin Trade') would make an excellent mini-series, MOW (movie of the week), studio, mini-major or independent feature and we'll be aggressively shopping all angles without overexposing the property in hand. We'll be sharing updates on this process as we move forward with enthusiasm in a profitable, entertaining and true-to-form fashion as we proceed with table reads in the next two weeks on 'Dresden Sun' and 'Fish in a Barrel' as part of the casting process."

If not enough said, another company has stepped in with interest on "The Skin Trade," as William Christensen's Avatar Press is working directly with George R.R. Martin on a graphic novel version of the story and MTP executives will be contacting Avatar for any mutually beneficial strategies therein.

All the while, our Concerts/Events division is booming with our next shows to be announced soon including a recurring series to take place every 4-6 weeks. The team is currently scouting in Orlando, Florida with meetings at the University of Central Florida and the Amway Arena, among others.

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