November, 2015: Announcing New ‘Grizzly Adams’ Film and Television IPs

HOLLYWOOD, NOVEMBER 2015 – After signing to be represented in all phases of brand licensing activities by the Abrams Artists Agency, The Grizzly Adams® Brand and Entertainment Franchise recently announced the completion of its new Grizzly Adams television series and motion picture IPs inspired by the exploits of famous California mountain man, John ‘Grizzly’ Adams.

Grizzly Adams initially became popular worldwide by way of NBC's somewhat fictionalized 1977-82 TV Series, ‘The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,’ whose creator, the late Charles Sellier founded and trademarked the Grizzly Adams® Brand Franchise.

The revamped Grizzly Adams story versions were delivered by well known WGA writer/producers. The new TV series IP co-creator and lead Executive Producer is Michael Greenburg, past Executive Producer of Stargate SG-1, Legend, and MacGyver. It is perhaps fitting how the new series looks to embody Grizzly Adams as a kind of 'MacGyver-ish ' inspired character.

A new historical biopic screenplay has also been written by screenwriter, David O'Malley, a former writing partner of Charles Sellier. O'Malley is best known for having scripted such films as the Carl Reiner comedy, "Fatal Instinct," the cult horror movie, "The Boogens," and the 2007 thriller, "Dark Honeymoon."

Oddly enough, most people remain unaware that Grizzly Adams was actually a one-time 'famous' historical person.

The real 'Grizzly Adams' was a shoe and boot cobbler from Boston who ended up migrating to the Sierra Nevada Mountains after participating in the great California Gold Rush of 1849. He went on to became a celebrated showman in San Francisco, and eventually for P.T. Barnum. The new Grizzly Adams film and television versions will exploit the struggles and triumphs of this person, who western historians still refer to as 'California's greatest mountain man ever.'

Grizzly Adams® film and television franchise ownership cites the real story of ‘Grizzly Adams' reveals a man who exchanged civilian life for solitude in the mountains near Yosemite. He was not a fugitive from justice who fled to the mountains, as the 1970s TV series conveyed. Rather, he opted for a peaceful life in order to escape the crush of a greed-driven society striving for wealth and power as a result of 'gold rush fever.' As Henry David Thoreau wrote about his own move to the woods "to live deliberately," so too did Adams have a similar calling. At least for awhile.

In the forested mountains, Adams found himself surrounded by the beauty of natural wilderness and wild animals, as well as friendly Native American tribes he befriended and supplied meats and furs to. Tough as nails, he was a sought after leader of major scouting and tracking expeditions, and was a survivalist who collected and tamed more Grizzly Bears and wild animals than anyone.

After a few years of mountain living though, as mentioned Adams returned to city life in San Francisco to become a showman with his bears and other animals, and while there he drew so much attention his top billings made him a sought after celebrity. He eventually returned to the east coast where he became a premier showman for the legendary, P.T. Barnum.

As part of his amazing hidden legacy, few also realize the image of Adams' bear, 'Samson' painted by artist, Charles Nahl in 1855, has long adorned California's State Flag. (It is not the 1889 captured, 'Monarch' mistakenly described in Wikipedia.)

Grizzly Adams franchise owner, Tod Swindell offers, "The new Grizzly Adams motion picture and television series versions will be adjusted for today's viewing audience to better identify it with this fascinating, albeit long misunderstood and mostly forgotten person of western lore."

Both film and series version are being readied to shop.

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Above: New profile of 'Grizzly Adams' by artist, Alex Carigi.     © 2014 Grizzly Adams® LLC

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