If you name your three favorite X-men characters it’s a safe bet that Chris Claremont created two of them or at least had a big hand in shaping their story. Chris is known for his 1975–1991 stint as writer on Uncanny X-Men. His tenure on that title is far longer than that of any other writer. He is credited with developing strong female characters as well as introducing complex literary themes into superhero narratives. He was able to turn the once underachieving comic into one of Marvel’s most popular series.
Claremont is credited with co-creating numerous X-Men characters such as Rogue, Psylocke, Shadowcat, Phoenix, The Brood, Lockheed, Mystique, Destiny, Selene, Lady Mastermind, Emma Frost, Tessa, Siryn, Jubilee, Rachel Summers, Madelyne Pryor, Moira MacTaggert, Shadow King, Cannonball, Warpath, Mirage, Wolfsbane, Karma, Cypher, Sabretooth, Empath, Sebastian Shaw, Donald Pierce, Avalanche, Pyro, Legion, Gateway, Strong Guy, Proteus, Mister Sinister, Captain Britain, Sunspot, Forge, and Gambit.
Some of Claremont’s classic X-men stories include “The Dark Phoenix Saga” and “Days of Future Past”. The 1991 series premiere of X-Men #1 that Claremont co-wrote with Jim Lee, remains the best-selling comic book of all time according to Guinness World Records. Claremont was entered into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2015.
CHRIS CLAREMONT’S X-MEN, a new extended-version of the documentary, will be available on VOD February 6, 2018. We highly recommend you watch this informative and entertaining story of the life of Chris Claremont.
Chris Claremont came to Marvel as a young man, and was assigned a book that no one else wanted, a book on the brink of cancellation: X-Men. Over the next 17 years, his work on the title turned it into the biggest franchise in comic book history. Forty years later, his work has been adapted into ten films, three TV series, countless video games and has become a part of our cultural mythology. But, it all started with one writer and his commitment to emotionally honest storytelling and real character building.
This extended version of the documentary provides an expanded story with more background on Claremont and his two original collaborators, Ann Nocenti and Louise Simonson, revealing secrets into what made them a great team. Viewers will also gain insight into Claremont’s childhood and see what helped make the connection between him and the series outsider heroes. There is also a look at the franchises’ films and TV shows, including Claremont’s key role in launching X-Men and his thoughts on seeing his creations come to life, from the first X-Men film to the recent “Legions” TV series and the upcoming NEW MUTANTS film.
With over 40 minutes of new footage, the VOD also contains never-seen-before interviews with Rob Liefled (Deadpool creator), Marc Silvestri (artist) and hard-core fans who share the impact both Claremont and the comics have made on them.
The feature documentary is directed, produced, and edited by Patrick Meaney. Jordan Rennert produces and is the Director of Photography. CHRIS CLAREMONT’S X-MEN is distributed by XLrator Media.
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