Producer Spotlight: Femme Fatales’ Mark A. Altman

Nerd Reactor had a chance to chat up with Mark A. Altman, a very cool geek and one of the men behind Cinemax’s new Femme Fatales, a TV series that shows you how deadly women can be. It’s a weekly show that is very much inspired by pulp stories, film noir and graphic novels. One episode you have to check out is episode 4, “Speed Date”, starring Reggie Hayes as a dorky and lovable video game designer whose world gets turned upside-down when he meets Alexis on an online date.

As a fan of the game Mortal Kombat, I recognized one of the actors in “Speed Date”. It was none other than Ho-Sung Pak, who played Liu Kang and Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat. Mark met Ho-Sung Pak on the set of House of the Dead, and now he’s the fight choreographer for Femme Fatales.

Mark has worked on video game projects like House of the Dead 1 & 2 as a producer and writer and DOA: Dead or Alive (yeah he knows they’re not that great). He also helped produce TV Shows like Castle, starring fanboy favorite Nathan Fillion (who should be cast as Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie).

What really makes Mark nerdy was the time he worked for science fiction magazines like Cinescape, Cinefantastique (now CFQ), and as an editor for Sci-Fi Universe. Check out his favorite Star Trek episodes article. As you can tell, he’s a big fan of the original Star Trek. He loves it so much that he co-wrote a movie that featured William Shatner called Free Enterprise. Think of the movie as Swingers for nerds. The movie’s main characters, Mark and Robert, are fictional versions of Mark A. Altman and director Robert Burnett. A sequel is supposedly in the works called Free Enterprise: The Wrath of Shatner.

As a fan of sci-fi, Mark talked about one of his geeky moments at Comic Con International when he met Ron Moore, who’s responsible for the new direction of the Battlestar Galactica remake. He sums up that Comic Con is a great place for networking, and that was how he met Darin Scott, who directed quite a few episodes for Femme Fatales.

Mark also did comic book writing for DC and Malibu Comics. He has a new graphic novel project coming up called Elvis Van Helsing as co-writer. It’s the story of Elvis Yang, an adopted son of a Korean couple, who has no girlfriend, lives in his parent’s basement, and is in his six year of college. Little does he know he’s the last surviving member of the Van Helsings, and he’ll have to take over the family business and save the world. Mark planned to have Elvis Van Helsing as a TV series. The story sounds fun and I can’t wait to check it out. Buffy the Vampire Slayer should definitely meet Elvis Van Helsing.

I asked Mark if he has time for his favorite pastime. He replied that he hasn’t had the time to catch up on his favorite shows, spending most of his free time with his family. If he had a chance to catch up on his favorite shows, it would be The Office and The Vampire Diaries.

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