Prime Universe Films, Inc. was established in 2005 by Adrian Askarieh with a vision to develop and produce high concept feature films based on established video game and comic book IP, while keeping an eye out for fresh, original material with appeal to growing global audiences.
Prior to forming Prime Universe, Adrian served as an Associate Attorney at Kleinberg & Lerner, LLP, a Century City-based law firm specializing in the area of IP rights. The firm represents personalities and companies involved in the entertainment, tech, and multimedia industries.
Garnering a reputation as a producer with a keen eye for both branded and emerging IP, Adrian was instrumental in setting up Eidos Interactive’s multi-million selling video game HITMAN at 20th Century Fox. Opening Thanksgiving weekend 2007, HITMAN went on to gross $100 million dollars worldwide on a production budget of $26 million. The sequel HITMAN: AGENT 47 followed in 2015, also released by Fox. Hitman is currently in priority development at Fox 21 as a cable TV series with HULU onboard as the network, with Adrian serving as Executive Producer.
On the heels of the first HITMAN movie, Adrian set up (and is producing) Eidos’ multi-million action game franchise KANE & LYNCH. The film is being financed by Nu Image Films (THE EXPENDABLES) and is being released in North America by Lionsgate.
Other feature film projects include JUST CAUSE, based on the internationally best-selling action video game, which will be directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas) and will star Jason Momoa (JUSTICE LEAGUE).
Adrian sold his original story concept, LEONARDO DA VINCI AND THE SOLDIERS OF FOREVER, to Warner Brothers. The tale envisions the famous artist and thinker as an Indiana Jones-like adventurer who battles supernatural threats from the Bible. Marc Guggenheim (GREEN LANTERN, ARROW) wrote the script and Warner Brothers is eyeing the project as a major tent-pole.
Previously, Adrian sold Warner Bros. on the live-action adaptation of the classic Hanna Barbera cartoon JONNY QUEST. “Quest” is one of the most beloved entertainment properties in the world with two animated series and millions in sales in DVD, comic books, toys.
Keeping a foot solidly planted in the ever-expanding arena of comic-to-TV adaptations, Adrian is developing the best-selling HACK/SLASH horror/action comic book series at financier Critical Content.
More recently, Adrian announced a First Look deal between his Prime Universe Films banner and International film production and financing company Constantin Film (the RESIDENT EVIL franchise). The deal has resulted in best selling comic book DANGER GIRL as well as Vault Comics flagship title, the best-selling sensation HEATHEN.