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EIS brings sci-fi comic to life

2000 AD Films is an enterprise investment scheme that aims to translate characters from the sci-fi comic 2000 AD to the cinema screen.

This EIS aims to raise between £250,000 and £2.5m to help finance a film which will follow in the footsteps of the 1995 production Judge Dredd which starred Sylvester Stallone. The company believes that worldwide interest in the 2000 AD brand will give it the edge over other film companies seeking funding for productions through an EIS.

The money raised by the EIS will be used to fund the writing of several screenplays and help with the funding of the company’s first film. It is hoped that profits from the first film will help finance several more productions. There are no definite ideas for any of the films, but the company is working with writers to decide which characters from the comic will make the most suitable film material.

If the film is completed, the directors intend the maximise its revenue through cinema and video release, pay-per-view television, airline screenings, and merchandising spin-offs such as clothing and toys.

This investment could appeal to investors who are interested in films and readers of 2000 AD who would find EIS tax reliefs useful. However, film production is a speculative area which carries high risks and it may be difficult for investors to realise their investment by selling their shares. A flotation on the Alternative investment market (Aim) is one exit route for investors but at this stage, there is no guarantee that this will happen.

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