Warner Bros. just gave its new digital division a name and unveiled its first development slate to go along with it. Blue Ribbon Content will focus on delivering short-form, live-action series under the guidance of Sam Register who assumed the role of President of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series back in April.
Blue Ribbon’s got a lot going on, but the highlights include a new Mortal Kombat series, an adaptation of the comic Static and a new rendition of the cult classic Critters as well. Hit the jump for more on all of them.
Via THR, here’s what Register had to say about what Blue Ribbon’s got coming up:
“We are tremendously excited about Blue Ribbon Content’s initial slate of development projects, and we are incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such a talented group of writers and producers on projects that they feel exceptionally passionate about. We look forward to delivering compelling and memorable programming for our fans and distribution partners.”
Blue Ribbon has already put in a series order for the untitled Mortal Kombat show. That one will be connected to the game Mortal Kombat X, which is due in stores in April 2015, and will feature some of the “most storied characters” alongside a “new generation of fighters.”
Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin is taking the lead on the Static Shock series, which will feature Virgil Hawkins, aka the superhero Static, a guy with advanced powers of electromagnetism. The comic was created by Dwayne McDuffie, writer Robert L. Washington III and artist John Paul Leon and published by the DC Comics imprint Milestone Comics back in 1993 after which it moved over to DC Comics. Milestone Media co-founder, comic book artist and TV producer Denys Cowan will work with Hudlin on the project.
Akiva Goldsman also has something in the works with Blue Ribbon. He’s doing a series called Ouroboros, a horror/thriller that chronicles what happens when two police officers are “overwhelmed by a series of mysterious attacks … and an epidemic of possession.” Also in the horror realm, Blue Ribbon’s got plans to turn Critters into a digital series as well. In case you missed out on that 1986 gem, it’s about fuzzy creatures from outer space that attack a family living in Kansas while trying to escape the bounty hunters pursuing them. In case you can’t tell, it’s wonderful and weird.