The Paramount Network is teaming up with Kyle Killen (Awake, Lone Star) to develop a TV series based on Image Comics' exciting spy thriller Velvet to help get the relaunched network off the ground.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Killen will write the script and executive produce the series based on co-creators Ed Brubaker (Kill or Be Killed) and Steve Epting’s comic book series. Brubaker and Epting, the dynamic duo behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier (the comic, not the movie), will respectively executive produce and produce the project. Keith Redmon and Steve Golin of Anonymous Content, as well as Scott Pennington, are on board as executive producers.
Set during the Cold War, the 15-issue comic series (which ran from October 2013 to July 2016) followed former female spy Velvet Templeton — now secretary to the Director of British intelligence agency ARC-7 — who returns to the field for the first time in two decades when the world’s best secret agent (and her boyfriend), Agent X-14, is killed.
Velvet will be the first original scripted series from Paramount Television for the Paramount Network, which is rebranding from Spike TV on January 18, 2018. Spike’s last foray into genre television was the recently cancelled Stephen King TV series The Mist, which wound up as a one-and-done.
The new series is part of the overall deal Killen inked with Paramount Television. Killen previously created the sadly-short-lived but amazing police procedural fantasy drama series Awake (which starred Star Trek: Discovery’s Jason Isaacs) and Fox’s Lone Star (2010), quickly canned after two low-rated episodes despite initial critical acclaim.
What do you think of Brubaker and Epting's Velvet being adapted as a TV series by Killen for Paramount Network? Who would you like to see in the role of the titular badass Cold War spy?