“Creed” producer David Winkler and Roger Mincheff’s Big Boots Studios are partnering to create “Prison Earth,” a feature-length sci-fi movie to be released digitally, the companies announced Wednesday.
The live-action movie, targeting an early-2018 online debut, will be preceded by a graphic novel.
The joint project is currently in development, and the film is set to start production in early 2017 under Big Boots Studios’ new digital platform, the Gnome Life.
“Prison Earth” is based on the premise that aliens have been using Earth for decades as a prison for some of their worst criminals. The cast and filmmaking team have not been announced.
Winkler also produced “The Gambler” and “The Mechanic” series under his Winkler Films shingle.
The Gnome Life, where both projects will be released, is a multi-platform content brand launched by Roger Mincheff‘s Big Boots Studios in late July and geared toward serving a diverse audience.
“The reality is this space is dominated by white, straight male voices,” Anthony Kaan, general manager and head of content programming at Big Boots, told TheWrap. “We wanted to have a different vision,” he said, adding that “diversity means everything from ethnic background to sexuality to featuring more women and giving voice to more people who don’t typically have a voice in this space.”
The new digital platform will house a wide array of content like episodic series, games and features and spans across multiple genres, from horror and fantasy to martial arts and conspiracy theories.
Projects will initially be distributed across two platforms: a fandom/geek-culture site and a new YouTube channel.