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Epic Dark Horse comic Black Hammer getting equally ambitious development deal from Legendary

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Nov 13, 2018, 9:30 PM EST

Dark Horse Comics' critically-acclaimed comic book series Black Hammer is headed for both the big and the small screens, thanks to a mega-development deal.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston's comics will be part of a shared universe of TV series and feature films created by Legendary Entertainment. Lemire and Ormston will serve as executive producers.

Legendary describes the ambitious project as "a multiplatform, interconnected universe of characters and storytelling that audiences today really yearn for." 

While shared universes are all the rage these days, Black Hammer is ready-made for one. The story is epic in scope, taking place over several different eras while spanning across multiple genres as it deconstructs the roles of superheroes and supervillains in the fictional Spiral City. Since its introduction in 2016, it's won the Eisner Award for best new series in 2017, with Lemire earning nominations in both 2017 and 2018 for his writing. 

It didn't take long before the main series ended up spawning an assortment of spinoffs known as The Hammerverse. This includes the detective/horror noir miniseries Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Eviland the coming-of-age one-shot Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise, which follows the daughter of a fearsome Lovecraftian villain Cthu-Lou.  

With so many kinds of stories to tell, and no shortage of places to tell them, Black Hammer is the kind of property that could end up thriving as a multi-platform mix of movies, TV shows, and whatever else Legendary has up its sleeve. 

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