ENGLAND, 888 A.D. As King Alfred the Great struggles to defend his realm from hordes of Viking invaders, the Archbishop of Canterbury stumbles upon an ancient secret — dark magic that could turn the tide of the war in England’s favor. But when exposure to the magic corrupts the Archbishop, Alfred commands his greatest Knight, Sir Wulfric, to hunt the mad priest down. For the battle-weary Wulfric it is one final campaign, and one that will bring with it consequences far more terrible than he could ever imagine...
Abomination is Gary's first novel, and will be published this summer by Inkshares.
"Abomination is truly fantastic. It's got everything I loved about The Name of The Wind, and so much more!" Gale Anne Hurd, producer of The Terminator, Aliens, and The Walking Dead
"It's Game of Thrones by way of H.P. Lovecraft." Cliff Bleszinksi, creator of Gears of War
Starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman, The Book of Eli is a stunning post-apocalyptic thriller in which a nomadic warrior (Washington) travels a futuristic American wasteland on a mission to protect the last surviving copy of a sacred text. Brought to life by visionary directors Allen & Albert Hughes (Menace 2 Society, From Hell), The Book of Eli was based on Gary's original screenplay, which also featured on the industry's prestigious "Black List" in 2007.
"For anyone who loves the written word, the movie has a powerful resonance. It reminds us that literacy can't be taken for granted." Newsweek
"I'm at a loss for words, so let me say these right away: The Book of Eli is very watchable. You won't be sorry you went. It grips your attention, and then at the end throws in several WTF! moments, which are a bonus." Roger Ebert
"Bold, innovative, and spiritually challenging." Richard Roeper
"You won't see a more compelling movie all year." Sci-Fi Wire
Decades after he single-handedly saved an alien world from a tyrannical warlord, aging former astronaut Duke McQueen is called back into action for one more interplanetary adventure. But can he shake off the weight of years and his own self-doubt to once again become the hero he used to be?
Gary is currently adapting the hit comic-book series by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wanted, Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Goran Parlov as a feature film for 20th Century Fox with Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) producing.
"Starlight is a joy. The book is brimming with nuance and heart, Millar and Parlov taking their love for pulpy sci-fi and giving it their own personal spin." IGN
"Starlight is both a poignant acknowledgement of time's passing as well as a thrilling adventure tale. It is an excellent series which easily ranks among Millar's finest work." Nothing But Comics
A startlingly original take on the Dickens classic, Oliver re-imagines Oliver Twist as a post-apocalyptic superhero who brings hope to the downtrodden people of a bleak near-future England as he seeks to uncover the truth behind his own mysterious origins.
Co-created by Gary and acclaimed artist Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan, The Boys), Oliver will be published as a 12-issue limited series by Image Comics later this year.
"Gary Whitta slips effortlessly from movies into comics with a terrific story and career-best art from Darick Robertson." Mark Millar, creator of Kingsman: The Secret Service
"This is compelling and masterful storytelling, vividly set in a world that is both familiar and startling." Dave Gibbons, co-creator of Watchmen
Gary most recently served as writer on the upcoming Star Wars standalone film, collaborating closely with Lucasfilm and director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) for the better part of a year as he shaped the story and wrote the initial screenplay for the film, which is currently in pre-production at Pinewood Studios for release in December 2016, one year after Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
Gary collaborated recently with Microsoft's 343 Studios, acting as story consultant to help create the in-game narrative for Halo 5: Guardians, the next-generation installment in the blockbuster video game series and the most ambitious Halo game to date.
Halo 5: Guardians will be released exclusively on Xbox One later this year.
Based on the blockbuster comic by Robert Kirkman, Telltale Games' interactive adaptation was the most critically-acclaimed video game of 2012, winning Game of the Year awards from more than 80 media outlets including USA Today, Wired, GamesRadar, Destructoid, Yahoo!, Mashable, E! Online, Metacritic, Polygon, and Official Xbox Magazine. The Walking Dead: Season One was also awarded Game of the Year at the 2012 Video Game Awards as well as a British Academy (BAFTA) Award for Best Story.
Gary served as story consultant on the game's first season and wrote the penultimate episode, Around Every Corner. He was also a consultant and writer on the bonus episode 400 Days.
"No matter how depressing, gut-wrenching, or flat-out horrifying The Walking Dead gets, you will want – nay, need – to finish it. It's just that good." Giant Bomb
"The Walking Dead wraps you up in its events and makes you care in a way few video games can. The story is what's driving the action here, and it's a tale no-one should miss." IGN
Will Smith stars in this sci-fi adventure about a fearless soldier and his estranged son who are stranded on an abandoned planet after a starship crash. Co-written by Gary with director M. Night Shyamalan, After Earth grossed $243m at the worldwide box-office.
"After Earth is a lovely surprise, a moral tale disguised as a sci-fi blockbuster. It's a special movie: spectacular and wise." Matt Zoller Seitz, Chicago Sun-Times
After all life on Earth is destroyed by a massive solar flare, an interstellar "ark" carries the last survivors of humankind toward a new habitable planet promised by mysterious alien benefactors. But when the ship reaches the point of no return and things start to go disastrously wrong, the crew begins to suspect that the journey is not what it seems...
In the spirit of science fiction epics like Interstellar and 2001, Homeworld is Gary's first original screenplay since The Book of Eli.
Battling a terminal illness, detective Virgil Lone is running out of time to solve the mystery of his daughter's abduction – until a mysterious and beautiful woman named Delia comes into his life. She offers Virgil a seemingly incredible chance to find the answers he seeks – but also harbors a dark secret that may cost him his very soul...
An original screenplay by Gary, Reaper is being produced by American Films and Amasia Entertainment, and is currently in pre-production.
1945: With Allied forces closing in on Berlin, victory against Hitler's Germany seems assured. But when word reaches High Command of a possible Nazi super-weapon based on the stolen designs of Nikola Tesla, a rag-tag team of international commandos is sent deep behind enemy lines to discover the weapon's location and destroy it – by any means necessary.
Written as a spec script in tribute to classic wartime adventure films like The Dirty Dozen, The Guns of Navarone, and Where Eagles Dare, Secret Weapons is a rollicking, two-fisted combination of old-fashioned action and pulp sci-fi.
In an alternate 1930s America in which humans and robots – "automata" – live uneasily side-by-side, machines capable of thinking for themselves have been outlawed by a fearful public, creating a cruelly repressed android underclass.
In this unique and stylish retro-futuristic detective noir, New York private eye Sam Regal and his robotic partner Carl Swangee investigate the complex and morally challenging criminal cases that arise out of a society in which tensions between man and machine threaten to engulf the entire city.
Based on characters created by the hugely-popular webcomic Penny Arcade, Automata has been developed for both television and film by Gary, who has also served as a guest writer on the comic series.
"DJ" just wants to be a normal kid, have normal friends, live a normal life. There's just one little problem: he's the son of the Grim Reaper, which means life is anything but normal.
Based on the popular series of video games, Death Jr. was published by Image Comicsas two limited series and a pair of graphic novels, written by Gary and illustrated by Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin) with cover art by Mike Mignola (Hellboy). In 2008 it was placed on the American Library Association's list of "Great Graphic Novels for Teens".
Growing up in a sleepy suburb of Rockvil, South Dakota, young Perry Simm has no way of imagining the incredible destiny that awaits him. A destiny that will allow him to travel to countless imaginary worlds, visit countless possible futures, and to use the incredible powers that he was born with to change the fate of all mankind. But for the better – or worse?
A staggering piece of interactive science fiction from the year 1985, Infocom's A Mind Forever Voyaging is still considered a classic today. Inspired by the computer game, Gary wrote a feature-film adaptation with advice and consultation from the game's creator Steve Meretzky. It is currently in development as a television series.
"Quite possibly the best text adventure game ever." The Verge
When hardened criminal and serial escape artist Travis Wade is recaptured after breaking out of yet another maximum-security prison, he is finally sent to the most secure facility in America's penal system. A prison so secret it doesn't officially exist. An experimental island penitentiary built to contain the nation's most blood-thirsty killers. A prison for vampires.
Unaware at first that he is the only human inmate, Travis sets about engineering the most spectacular breakout of his career. But when he discovers too late the truth about the rest of the prison's population and realizes that his escape could also precipitate a mass vampire breakout onto an unsuspecting mainland, he must do everything he can to stop the escape that he himself has set in motion...
DOWNTON ABBEY: THE STARK ASCENDANCY
A little bit of speculative fan-fiction that re-imagines Downton Abbey as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Genius inventor and CEO of Stark Industries Howard Stark has a startling proposal for the Earl of Grantham. But will Robert's notorious resistance to progress thwart Stark's plans to change the world?
Gary has lectured and consulted on storytelling, creativity, film, and video games at companies like Pixar, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney Imagineering, Electronic Arts, and Microsoft. He has also been a guest speaker to students in the screenwriting programs at UCLA and San Francisco State University, and has appeared in numerous documentaries including Zak Penn's Atari: Game Over and Charlie Brooker's How Video Games Changed the World.