It’s official! Arka Mediaworks, our director, S. S. Rajamouli, and character entertainment company, Graphic India, have teamed up to extend the riveting world of Baahubali beyond movies, first into original graphic novels and then, animation and videogames.
However, the graphic novels are not to be a spin-off from the film. As explained by Rajamouli, “if you imagine the world of Baahubali as the trunk of a tree, the film is one branch, graphic novels will be another, and so on.”
So, what exactly can you all expect from the Baahubali comics?
As you all know, an entire universe that has been created from scratch, Baahubali’s story was always one that had the potential to evolve and extend across various platforms and media. “The film medium has limited space and we couldn’t use that to share everything we wanted to,” said Rajamouli. “There’s a lot of intrigue, action and adventure in the life of all the characters of the film, which we could include when we release the story as a comic, animated series or a game,” he added.
The comics will thus delve into the lives and culture of the various supporting characters in the story, providing the team with an opportunity to use all the hard work and detail that had gone into creating the script.
While currently the focus is in the digital space, the team does plan to venture into other mediums such as published books and other merchandise in the future. The graphic novels are to launch this summer while the animation series can expected closer to the release of Part II.