DC Universe Media has announced that it is working on a TV series based on the Swamp Thing comic for its upcoming consumer direct digital streaming service. Aquaman director James Wan is attached to executive-produce along with Mark Verheiden, Gary Dauberman, and Michael Clear.
The hourlong live-action drama, written by Verheiden and Dauberman, is set to debut in 2019 on DC Universe, the upcoming DC digital service that launches later this year.
Based on characters from DC created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, Swamp Thing follows CDC researcher Abby Arcane returning to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. Over the course of her investigation, Abby develops a bond with scientist Alec Holland, only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes descend on Houma, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets both horrifying and wondrous; and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.
This is not the first time the character or the comic has been given a live-action adaptation. In 1982, Wes Craven directed a film adaptation of Swamp Thing starring Ray Wise, Dick Durock and Adrienne Barbeau. A sequel, Return of Swamp Thing, directed by Jim Wynorski and starring Durock and Heather Locklear, was released in 1989.