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Paramount looking to get in on the superhero movie business with Atlas Comics

Paramount Pictures is looking to get itself in on the superhero business, with producer Steven Paul announcing at Cannes that he has acquired a majority holding in Atlas Comics and signed a co-production and co-financing deal with the studio to develop, produce and distribute superhero movies based upon the Atlas library.

Atlas Comics launched in the 1950s as a division of Martin Goodman’s Timely Publications, which was renamed to Marvel Comics in the 1960s. After selling his publishing holdings, Goodman and his son Charles ‘Chip’ Goodman relaunched Atlas/Seaboard Comics in 1974.

Along with the Paramount deal, Paul has tapped Akiva Goldsman to oversee a nine-person writers room to build out and develop projects from Atlas’ roster of characters, which include the likes of Demon Hunter, Devilina, Grim Ghost, The Scorpion, and Tiger-Man.

“What an opportunity that we have with the Atlas universe, which spans so many genres: superheroes, sci-fi,

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