The train keeps on rolling for comic-to-TV adaptations, and now the folks who make Walking Dead are teaming up with one of the greats.
Comic legend Warren Ellis (Iron Man: Extremis, Red, a million other things) has signed up with Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd and Valhalla Entertainment to create a new, original TV project with Universal Cable Productions. No word on exactly what they’re cooking up, but this marks Ellis’ first straight-up television project, so we’re psyched to see what they come out with.
Here’s what both Ellis and Hurd had to say about the mystery project:
Ellis: “I've been strongly drawn to television over the last few years, and working with brilliant and determined collaborators like Gale and the UCP team, I'm delighted at the opportunity to add my voice to the new, novelistic TV form that's evolved so dramatically.”
Hurd: “There are very few writers who have been able to so completely influence a medium as Warren has with comic books. I am very excited to be able to collaborate in bringing his unique vision to television for the first time.”
But that’s not all. Along with the Ellis news, Universal has also snagged the TV development rights to IDW’s horror comic Night Mary and the Kickstarter-funded pulp adventure comic Five Ghosts (featured in the above photo).
Night Mary tells the story of a young woman trained to be a lucid dreamer, but when she enters the mind of a patient who just happens to be a serial killer, she is placed in jeopardy as nightmares and reality become frighteningly intertwined. John Pogue (The Quiet Ones) has been signed to write and direct the pilot.
Five Ghosts follows a 1930s-era treasure hunter possessed by five literary ghosts (Merlin, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Musashi and Dracula). The series was originally funded on Kickstarter in 2012. Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsmen, Divergent) is attached to write the pilot and executive-produce.
Here’s what Universal Cable Productions Executive Vice President of Development Dawn Olmstead had to say about all the wheeling and dealing:
“We love genre at UCP and thankfully so do audiences. We've made it a priority to seek out great properties that will attract equally great creators to adapt them. From Warren's dynamic plots and complex characters to the dark and suspenseful world of ‘Night Mary,' and the creative mash-up of five literary icons in the cult hit ‘Five Ghosts,' they are all provocative, distinctive and have the promise to be a whole lot of fun.”
This announcement is just the latest in a longer and longer line of TV projects hoping to make the Walking Dead-style jump from the page to the small screen. As comic lovers, we’ll take as many as we can get. Here’s hoping they do them justice.
(Via Coming Soon)