Not content with developing To the Death with Geoff Senior and reinventing a host of British classic comic heroes with artist Simon Coleby for Rebellion’s The Vigilant saga, writer Simon Furman has also been busy turning Egyptian mythology on its head, working with Terry Jervis and Stan Berkowitz on the graphic novel Spirit of the Pharaoh, drawn by Chris Geary. The project paves the way for a new feature film based on the story, and other projects, too.
Two warring spirits are loose on the world after a tomb is un-earthed: Seth, the ancient Egyptian god of chaos, and King Ra’Mun, a pharaoh sworn to protect his people and reunite with his long-lost love Queen Neferkari. When Seth forms an unholy alliance with a billionaire arms dealer who wants the secret of ‘after-life’ – an ability to live forever, it is up to Ra-Mun – with the help of a young couple, Raymond and Marie – to defeat the god of chaos once and for all.
A Royal Air Force pilot’s discovery of a tomb starts an amazing adventure across time, in a classic good versus evil story. The graphic novel, launched earlier this year, is the brainchild of media entrepreneur, film-maker, music and TV producer Terry Jervis, working with Simon and Hollywood writer Stan Berkowitz on the story – and lays out the stall for a much wider multimedia project, aiming to deliver both a TV series and film.
With smashing covers from Alex Ronald, the script for Spirit of the Pharaoh was written by Simon Furman (Transformers, Doctor Who, DreamWorks, Titan and Marvel) with art by Chris Geary. It got a star-studded launch at the British Film Institute earlier this year, an event that included a special appearance by singer Patti Austin. The legendary soul, r&b and jazz artist, god-daughter and vocal arranger of Quincy Jones, Ms. Austin was there to launch her theme song, “Hope Has Arrived” from the music soundtrack of the graphic novel and film, available on various platforms, including Amazon.
Since the graphic novel launch, animation studio M2 Entertainment have signed up for the development of the animation film, which Terry Jervis told downthetubes will be in the style of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film.
“The live action movie will go into pre-production next year,” he says. “The audience buying the graphic novel can see the production process in the back of the book – and can audition for character voices (for the animation) and acting roles (for the live action). This won’t be until summer 2020.”
As well as the comic story, a novel written by Terry Jervis and Simon Furman is also available, offering plenty of action and adventure. in a story where technology battles ancient magic for control of every soul on Earth.
Published by Jervis Entertainment Media Limited and Titan Books, it’s available direct from the project’s web site.
Terry Jervis’ 35-year career spans working with the BBC, in Hollywood, UK central government departments and a range of business industries. Starting in comics, which he describes as his greatest influence to the power of his imagination, his media career began in news and current affairs leading to music, sport, fashion, drama and entertainment across film, TV, radio and publishing.
Some notable companies he has worked with are Marvel, LEGO, Shell, Motown, Def Jam, Warner’s, Rolls-Royce, the Royal Air Force and Buckingham Palace.
His skills as a producer and director on television shows and events led him to create iconic programmes and merchandising with Top Gear, Star Trek, Star Wars, Batman, Trace & Sky Sports, Venus and Serena Williams, Michael Jackson, Queen, Madonna, Pavarotti, Quincy Jones, LL Cool J, The Rolling Stones, Will Smith, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Nelson Mandela and many more.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.