You may have seen the following article up titled Early CG TV show gets “ReBoot”:
By Carolyn Giardina
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – “ReBoot,” one of the earliest computer-animated episodic TV series, will be redeveloped as a trilogy of feature-length films by Rainmaker Animation.
Originally produced in 1994, the series centered on life within a computer, where good forces fought invading viruses and videogames were viewed from within.
“ReBoot” was created by MainFrame Entertainment, which was acquired by and renamed Rainmaker in 2006. The show aired for several seasons on ABC, YTV and Cartoon Network.
“The idea is to relaunch the brand in a new way,” said Rainmaker Animation executive vice president Paul Gertz, who will oversee the project.
To do this, Rainmaker has entered into a strategic alliance with Zeros 2 Heroes, a Web site set to launch Monday (July 23) to provide a social network for comic book fans.
Five undiscovered writers chosen by Rainmaker were selected to work with the animation studio’s production teams to prepare a pitch for the new “ReBoot” story line. These will be posted on the Zeros 2 Heroes site Thursday (July 26), the opening day of San Diego Comic-Con International. Those who visit the site will be able to work with each production team to help refine the ideas for “ReBoot” and later vote and select a favorite pitch. The brainstorming environment is what the site calls “Think Ups.”
A Web-based comic, based on the selected story, will be published this year. Production on the features will commence at that time.
“‘ReBoot’s’ legions of fans have been incredibly loyal and continue to keep the property alive on dozens of fan sites,” Gertz said. “We’re very enthusiastic about how we’re reconceiving this classic series by creating an innovative way for those fans — who were kids when the series started — to use new technology to help guide us.”
Zeros 2 Heroes president Matt Toner sees the Internet as a democratizing medium. “It takes away gatekeepers,” he said. “We want to connect the fans with the producers … and let them determine what the next hits will be. When it comes to long-standing genre entertainment properties, the fans are the real experts.”
© Reuters 2007. All rights reserved.
Now what does this all mean for this site and the fans? It means that instead of mass mailing Cartoon Network, or other TV networks we’re going to be fully supporting Rainmaker and Zeros 2 Heroes! This is ReBoot’s big chance to come back and we have our say in it! The Revival site will also serve as a “refresher course” for those who haven’t watched ReBoot in many years.
I’ve met with both Paul Gertz and Matt Toner, along with other representatives of Rainmaker Entertainment, and I can tell you all they are serious about doing this right. They want the fans to have their say because they want to make sure there are no dissapointed fans because we’ll be telling them every step of the way what we want to see our show become!
Please register on the Zeros2Heroes website so you may voice your opinions, concerns, submit fan art and fanfics (you may win prizes too!).
This is the first BIG step for ReBoot, we have to give it our all…..If ReBoot doesn’t turn out the way the fans want it, will be the fault of the fans for not coming together to make their voices heard!