Deadline is reporting that William Shatner is teaming with Pure Imagination Studios for a “mixed reality” adult animated adaptation of his TekWar book series, which is being developed and written by Matt Michnovetz (24, Star Wars: The Clone Wars).
Launching in 1989, Shatner’s TekWar takes place in the year 2043 and follows “a former detective in futuristic Los Angeles who was framed for the crime of dealing an illegal mind-altering drug in the form of a bio-digital microchip. It poses a great threat to humanity and has the potential to become a virus that will lead to an unrecoverable future.”
“We are very excited to work with the legendary William Shatner to reimagine the world of TekWar at a post-pandemic time,” said John P. Roberts, Pure Imagination’s Chief Content Officer. “TekWar was truly ahead of its time envisioning a future filled with AI and the world of simulated reality. It’s becoming our reality now, and we’re excited to build a storyverse around it.”
“My association with Pure Imagination is beyond my sheer imagination,” added Shatner. “Imagine bringing to life this wonderful character in a variety of ways, so technologically advanced. This is the future, and I am looking forward to it.”
According to Deadline’s report, TekWar is being eyed as a “mixed reality” project, whereby the animated series can be viewed stand-alone, but fans will also be able to immerse themselves in the world and the narrative via mobile, tablets and wearable devices, in what the producers are describing as “the first step in building a real-time multiverse around a property.”