In this week's New York Times Magazine, which was devoted almost entirely to films, Ben Ehrenreich took a look at the business model of Scott Mitchell Rosenberg's Platinum Studios. Specifically Ehrenreich examined the 'strange' case of Cowboys & Aliens, a supposed 'comic book' property that was sold to the studios years before it ever saw print. As Ehrenreich points out, although Platinum had been pitching projects including Cowboys & Aliens to
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A property's comic book origins are now something to be trumpeted rather than hidden, with many writers from the worlds of movie and TV now writing comics, and a number of studios and Hollywood money men investing in comic book publishing companies. So now the relationship between the worlds of movies and comic books has become so incestuous and complex that the 'real' origins of new comic book/movie properties may soon be as difficult to decipher as the Rosetta Stone.