The producer of Syfy’s The Magicians, Michael London, has nabbed the rights for the Black Magick Image Comics series from New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning author, Greg Rucka, and illustrated by Nicola Scott, to develop as a TV series said to be packaged as an hour long cable drama.
According to Deadline, Michael London’s Groundswell Productions won the bid to bring the witchcraft and crime thriller to life on the small screen. If you’ve never heard of Black Magick before, here’s the gist of the story:
The series’ main character, Rowan Black, is a robbery-homicide detective in the fictional port city of Portsmouth, USA, itself a cauldron of occult mystery. She is also the latest in a long line of witches stretching back for millennia. For years, Rowan has struggled to keep a balance between her two lives, but the past is finally catching up to her. Peculiar and mysterious murders draw Rowan into an investigation where the lines between her two lives continue to erode, where she is left with no choice but to harness her powers to not only save the people she loves, but to preserve a future for all humanity.
Pretty interesting, don't you think? Here’s what London had to say about getting his hands on the rights to develop Black Magick as a new television series:
“Greg and Nicola have created an indelible small town character and put her at the center of a gripping mystery driven by a fresh take on the mythology of witchcraft. Our plan is to find a world class creator who can realize their vision for series and then take it to the cable and streaming networks.”
With Greg Rucka adding:
“We had a lot of attention and some very difficult choices to make when it came to finding Black Magick a home. Ultimately, Michael and Groundswell took the day with a passion and sincerity that certainly make Nic and I feel that Rowan is in very good hands.”
It's a tad too early to know which cable channel or streaming site (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon) will have the honor of airing the series and, as London said, they have to find a show creator and showrunner first to work on the show before finding a home for it.
As for the main character, Rowan Black, maybe some of you guys have an idea as to who you’ll like to see in the witchy role? Chime in with your thoughts below!