EXCLUSIVE: William Shatner and his Shatner universe have partnered with Pure Imagination Studios to develop and produce an adult mixed reality animated series based on Shatner’s hit sci-fi thriller. TekWar.
Developed and written by Matt Michnovetz (24, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), TekWar is based on Shatner’s bestselling detective story series published in 1989. The novels are set in 2043, 54 years in the future. The story is based on a former Los Angeles detective in futuristic Los Angeles who was accused of selling an illegal mind-altering drug in the form of a bionumeric chip. It poses a great threat to humanity and has the potential to become a virus that will lead to an irretrievable future.
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TekWar is being conceptualized as a mixed reality animated series where viewers will be able to participate in the show in various forms of technology via mobile, tablets or portable devices. The series can be viewed on its own, but the level of immersion in the series, its characters and its technology is enhanced by the ability to be part of the narrative.
The producers say the mixed reality animated series is the first step in building a real-time multiverse around a property and Shatner, who has been involved in creating new frontiers his entire career.
The franchise began as a blockbuster book series and has grown into a blockbuster television series starring Shatner, as well as a comic book series and a video game. The Emmy-nominated series, which ran from 1994 to 1996, aired on USA Network and Sci-Fi Channel in the United States and CTV in Canada.
“We are very happy to work with the legendary William Shatner to reinvent the world of TekWar at a post-pandemic time, ”said John P. Roberts, director of content for Pure Imagination. “TekWar was really ahead of its time in envisioning a future filled with AI and the world of simulated reality. It is becoming our reality now and we are excited to build a storyline around it. “
“We want to do something that has never been done before. Who better to do with than one of the greatest legends in the world of science fiction, ”said Joshua Wexler, CEO of Pure Imagination of Fun. “The world and history of TekWar transcends traditional linear media and has the potential to be experienced across multiple entertainment platforms, some that exist today and others that we will have to invent, and we can’t wait to get started. “
“My association with Pure Imagination is beyond my pure imagination,” said Shatner, best known for his roles in Boston Legal and Star Trek. Imagine bringing this wonderful character to life in different ways, so technologically advanced. This is the future and I look forward to it.