Dreadstar, a cult comic book from the 1980s, is headed to the big screen as Benderspink and Illuminati Entertainment announce a feature adaptation.

The title was created by Jim Starlin, a veteran comic book creator who made his mark in the 1970s and 80s writing and/or drawing for such prestigious titles as Iron Man, Captain Marvel and the lesser known Warlock. He also has the dubious distinction of being the sole creator of Drax the Destroyer and Gamora, both of which will be seen in this summer's Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel Studios.

Dreadstar follows the intergalactic adventures of space rogue Vanth Dreadstar, the last survivor from the Milky Way Galaxy who becomes torn between two powerful and evil empires, The Monarch and The Church of The Instrumentality. A motley crew of survivors join him on his quest, including a mystic named Syzygy Darklock, a telepath named Willow and a cat-man named Oedi.

Dreadstar was first introduced in Marvel Comics' Heavy Metal rip-off Epic Illustrated before being the signature launch title of Epic Comics, which is Marvel's creator-owned imprint but part of the Marvel universe of comic characters.

J.C. Spink of Benderspink will produce alongside Ford Lytle Gilmore of Illuminati Entertainment. J.C. Spink is a longtime fan of the title, and when he saw the rights were available, he hurried to purchase them. He had this to say about the impending adaptation.

"Apart from Star Wars, this was my favorite science fiction story growing up."

Ford Lytle Gilmore continued,

"Dreadstar is one of the most important comics of the 1980s, paving the way for creators to control their own creations. After decades of Jim exercising that control and turning away countless Hollywood suitors, I'm excited he's trusting me and J.C. to do it right."

The producers will write the screenplay themselves. When it is completed, they will begin to shop for a financier and a studio home. Now, its time for you to start fan casting Dreadstar.

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