Rebel Wilson is set to produce and star in a comic book adaptation for the big screen and the former Daredevil showrunner has signed a deal to make more shows for Netflix in this edition of development roundup. So, what exactly are we waiting for?
First, Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) has optioned the movie rights to Crowded, a comic book soon-to-be published by Image Comics, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actress intends to produce and star in the movie adaptation.
Wilson will develop and produce the film under her Camp Sugar production company, with Oni Entertainment also on board to produce.
Written by Christopher Sebela and drawn by Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, Crowded takes place in a future where the world runs on an economy of job shares and apps. One app, called Reapr, is a massively popular crowdfunding platform to fund assassinations. Charlie Ellison leads a normal, quiet life until she discovers she’s a target on Reapr with a multimillion-dollar bounty on her head. So, with all of Los Angeles out to kill her now, Charlie hires the only person she can afford: Vita, the lowest-rated bodyguard on the Dfend app. The two of them team up to take down Charlie’s would-be assassins and find out who wants her dead before the campaign’s 30-day period expires.
Sebela will serve as consulting producer. A search for a writer to adapt the comic is underway. While we await the film, the first issue of Crowded will be available on Aug. 15.
Next, Netflix has announced that it has signed a multi-year deal with former Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight to develop series and other projects for the streaming platform. DeKnight was the showrunner and executive producer for the first season of Marvel’s Daredevil. DeKnight’s credits also include Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. He also wrote and directed Pacific Rim Uprising (his feature film debut).
“Steven S. DeKnight is a multifaceted writer, director, producer and showrunner whose daring visions have gripped audiences for years,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content, Netflix, in a statement. “From Buffy the Vampire Slayer … to his historical gladiator epic Spartacus, and his unforgettable work on season one of Marvel’s Daredevil, Steven’s bold, visceral storytelling has left its mark. We look forward to teaming with him on future original series and other projects for our members around the world.”
DeKnight added in the statement: "Collaborating with Netflix on the first season of Daredevil was one of the most satisfying creative endeavors of my career. The level of trust they place in their creatives is matched only by their unflagging support and enthusiasm for storytelling. I couldn’t ask for a better home for myself or DeKnight Productions.”