Dark Horse’s horror comic miniseries Freaks of the Heartland is getting a TV adaptation. According to Deadline, MTV is developing a new drama series based on writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre) and artist Greg Ruth’s (Alabaster) six-issue series, which was published in 2004.
The storyline follows two young brothers — Trevor and Will — living in a Midwestern town, and the deep, dark secret (I love me one of those) their family has kept for years. Here’s a synopsis from Dark Horse Comics:
Trevor Owen has a younger brother who lives in the barn behind the house, too monstrous to be let into the house. The boy's only six years old, but he towers over his older brother, and possesses monstrous strength. For years, Trevor has looked after his baby brother, keeping him from the light, but now that's all about to change. His family's profane secret is about to be revealed, uncovering the horrible truth of the small midwestern town the boys have grown up in.
When the sheriff kills their father, the boys are framed for the murder and have to go on the lam, uncovering in the process that Will isn’t the only “freak” in town. Other “freak” children have been born to other families in that town, and the sheriff's already killed a whole lot of them.
The dark fantasy TV project hails from Dark Horse Entertainment (which is the film and TV offshoot of Dark Horse Comics) and Universal Cable Productions. Writers Geoff Davey and Peter Sattler (Camp X-ray) are hammering out the project, with David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) attached to produce and direct (if he’s available).
Are you excited to see Freaks of the Heartland being adapted as a TV series?