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IDW Announces New Originals Initiative Featuring Scott Snyder, G. Willow Wilson, John Ridley and More

IDW Publishing is launching a new line of original comics and graphic novels from some of the biggest names in the industry, including Scott Snyder, John Ridley, and G. Willow Wilson. New York Times best-selling authors, fan-favorite artists, and even newcomers will bring their talents to the IDW Originals initiative, as the publisher looks to release new original projects on a monthly basis. First up will be July's Dark Spaces: Wildfire by writer Scott Snyder and artist Hayden Sherman. The projects will range from genres such as crime thriller, supernatural horror, science fiction, epic fantasy, and more.
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Why John Ridley Doesn’t Explain Time Travel in Needle in a Timestack

Screenwriter John Ridley didn’t feel the need to explain time travel in Needle in a Timestack, his romance drama starring Orlando Bloom, Freida Pinto, Cynthia Erivo, and Leslie Odom Jr. as two sets of couples who find their pasts and futures disrupted by that very thing. The 12 Years a...
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John Ridley Wanted To Showcase Black Joy In ‘Needle In A Timestack’

Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley is ready to turn a new page when it comes to showcasing black people in cinema. Following films like “12 Years a Slave” — which won him an Oscar for best adapted screenplay, and Tuskegee Airmen drama “Red Tails” Ridley says he wanted to focus on black joy with latest film “Needle in a Timestack.”
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Leslie Odom Jr. and John Ridley on ‘Needle in a Timestack’ and How One Moment Can Change Your Life

With Needle in a Timestack now playing in select theaters and available On Demand and Digital and arriving on Blu-ray next week, I recently spoke with writer-director John Ridley and Leslie Odom Jr. about making their romantic/sci-fi drama. The film is based on the short story by Robert Silverberg and the film asks what lines would you cross to be with your soulmate. What you need to know is Needle in a Timestack takes place in the near future when time travel is something the rich can leisurely do on a casual afternoon. While there are rules in place to prevent you from altering the timeline, it happens, and when they do a ripple runs through time which everyone can see like a wave in the ocean. Sometimes it’s a minor change, like you now have a cat when you had a dog, but sometimes a ripple can completely change everything about your life. And these ripples happen without warning.
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Needle in a Timestack Writer-Director John Ridley on Two Methods of Writing an Adaptation

John Ridley is brilliant at adaptations: for the 2014 Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, he turned Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir into a searingly urgent film for modern viewers, winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. He’s currently in production on the Apple TV+ series Five Days at Memorial, about five days in a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina hit, based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Sheri Fink. Ridley co-wrote and co-directed with Carlton Cuse. Ridley is also well-known for the ABC anthology series American Crime, which tells original stories very much inspired by modern problems. His latest film as writer-director is the time-travel romance Needle in a Timestack, which stars Leslie Odom Jr., Freida Pinto, Cynthia Erivo and Orlando Bloom as two sets of couples who find their pasts and futures disrupted by time travel. In this piece, he explains how he stayed true to the Robert Silverberg 1982 short story that inspired Needle in a Timestack, and that he is always open to changes during production — just not at the last minute.
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Other History of the DC Universe: John Ridley Teases DC Characters He Still Wants to Explore

This week saw the conclusion of The Other History of the DC Universe, a blockbuster miniseries that has brought wide-ranging approaches to characters from across DC Comics canon. The five-issue run has helped fans look at characters like Black Lightning, The Question, Katana, and Thunder in a whole new way. While the series has been a smash hit (and even helped writer John Ridley earn an Eisner nomination), a sequel or continuation has not officially been announced — but it definitely sounds like there are more characters that could be explored. During a recent virtual press conference, Ridley was asked if there are any additional characters whose stories he'd like to tackle in a similar sort of way.
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Other History of the DC Universe Writer John Ridley Reacts to Fan Response to Series

The Other History of the DC Universe has been captivating comic fans over the past few months, delivering wide-ranging and emotional takes on the lore of some major DC characters. The series has been a labor of love for writer John Ridley and artist Guiseppe Camuncoli, and has helped fans look at characters like Black Lightning, Katana, and The Question in a whole new light. While the series has undeniably been a hit with a lot of fans — even earning multiple Eisner nominations, including a Best Writer nomination for Ridley himself. During a recent virtual press event attended by ComicBook.com, Ridley spoke about how fan response has — and actually, largely hasn't — impacted how he's approached the series.
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John Ridley Talks Crafting Thunder's Journey in Other History of the DC Universe Finale

This Tuesday will see the release of The Other History of the DC Universe #5, the final chapter in writer John Ridley and artist Guiseppe Camuncoli's epic and expansive take on the DC mythos. This finale issue will spotlight Anissa Pierce/Thunder, the daughter of Black Lightning and a trailblazing (albeit underrated) superheroine in her own right. While Anissa's journey across DC comics canon has varied wildly, this installment tries to encompass her unique decades-long story in one sitting — and as Ridley put it, that kind of examination is long ovedue.
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John Ridley: Superheroes and Representation, Moderated by Troy Pryor, Streams Live on July 7th

Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley ("12 Years a Slave") will take part in a live virtual conversation at 6pm CT on Wednesday, July 7th, moderated by our recent Black Writers Week panelist Troy Pryor, founder of the multi-service entertainment company, Creative Cypher. Presented by Nō Studios, the event is entitled, "John Ridley: Superheroes and Representation," and will focus on his work as an author, such as The Other History of the DC Universe, The Next Batman and Black Panther. He will be joined in conversation by both Pryor and writer/editor/interviewer of Comic Book Resources, Dion Bickham.
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John Ridley to Write New BLACK PANTHER Comic Series

The New York Times recently revealed that Marvel Comics will be launching a new Black Panther comic series with a new creative team this summer. The team will consist of screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and artist Juann Cabal (Guardians of the Galaxy). This new series will pick up after T’Challa has returned from his galactic adventure, which will conclude in Black Panther #25 next week.
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