Warren Ellis comic Global Frequency gets another chance at TV

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Nov 21, 2014, 1:48 PM EST (Updated)

Global Frequency, a 12-part 2002 miniseries series from comics legend Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan) and a whole host of artists (one for every issue), first entered TV development back in 2005, when a pilot for the series was produced by Mark Burnett for The WB. The network eventually passed on the pilot, and though it was reported that The WB's successor The CW was developing the series anew in 2009, nothing ever came of it. Now Global Frequency's back on the TV market with a high-powered team behind it.

Deadline reports that mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the CarribeanArmageddon), has landed a pilot commitment for a new adaptation of Global Frequency at Fox. The pilot will be scripted by Farscape creator and Defiance co-developer Rockne S. O'Bannon, and will join Supergirl and Lucifer as DC Comics-inspired projects (the book orginally came from DC's now-shuttered Wildstorm imprint) now in development at broadcast networks. Ellis will also serve as an executive producer on the show.

Originally a series of 12 standalone stories linked by a premise, Global Frequency is the story of the titular covert ops organization, which operates worldwide through mysterious private funding under the leadership of Miranda Zero. Membership in the group is largely anonymous, and its mission is to battle threats the public doesn't know about, namely government projects gone wrong. The format of the comic is a solid platform on which to tell a wide variety of high-tech (even to a sci-fi level) spy stories, bring in guest stars and explore world issues through action-heavy plots, so it's no wonder TV execs have been trying to get it on the air for nearly 10 years. The question is: Will it really happen this time?

(Via Deadline)

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