‘Black Mass’ Writer Mark Mallouk Creates Interactive Graphic Novel with 451 Media

By Evan DeSimone

Mark Mallouk, the co-writer of the Johnny Depp toplined gangster feature “Black Mass,” is bringing his next project to Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group.

The writer has turned his pen away from features to craft a new graphic novel, “Sunflower,” which will be released through 451 Media Group’s interactive publishing house. The novel tells the story of a woman who loses her husband and daughter in an unspecified tragedy leading her to live in virtual isolation. Ten years later, she receives a mysterious postcard bearing the word “Sunflower” and sets out to find her daughter whom she believes to be alive.

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The graphic novel is a departure for Mallouk, whose biggest credits to date have been gangster films.“Black Mass” bowed over the weekend with actor Johnny Depp playing the role of notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bolger. Mallouk’s latest project, following “Sunflower” is set to be a feature about the Calabrese crime family.

The novel will make its debut at New York Comic Con along with other titles from 451 Media. The company has tapped creators from film and television to write and create a new line of graphic novels and comic books. 451 recently launched a partnership with hero and gaming-focused MCN Machinima to bring some of those comics to life with additional unlockable digital content.