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Following their successful collaboration adapting his comic “Happy!” for Syfy, famed comic writer Grant Morrison and Universal Cable Productions will re-team to develop and produce a TV series based on Morrison’s 1990s Vertigo comic series “The Invisibles”.
Set in 2020, the story follows an elite international cell of occult freedom fighters dedicated to the creation of a better world for everyone – by any means necessary. The comic served as a major inspiration for The Wachowski’s “The Matrix” Trilogy.
Morrison’s work on “Batman,” “JLA” and “Doom Patrol” have been celebrated, and his other creations include “The Filth” and “We3”. Morrison is also working with Brian Taylor and David Weiner to adapt Aldous Huxley’s sci-fi novel “Brave New World” for television.
The expansion of CBS All Access’ Star Trek universe continues with a two-season order to Star Trek: Lower Decks, a half-hour adult animated comedy series from Rick and Morty head writer and executive producer Mike McMahan, a long-time Star Trek fan. Star Trek: Lower Decks, which will focus on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, marks CBS All Access’ first original animated series and the first project to be produced by CBS Eye Animation Productions, a newly launched animation arm of CBS Television Studios.
It hails from Alex Kurtzman’s CBS TV Studios-based Secret Hideout, which had been spearheading the Star Trek franchise expansion, and Roddenberry Entertainment. Secret Hideout’s Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin, Roddenberry Entertainment’s Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth as well as former Cartoon Network executive Katie Krentz will executive produce alongside McMahan. Aaron Baiers, who brought McMahan to the project, will serve as a co-executive producer. Continue reading
Anna Brewster (“Versailles”), Michael Pitt (“Ghost in the Shell”), and Sharlto Copley (“Free Fire”) will all join Edgar Ramirez in the cast of the Netflix feature “The Last Days of American Crime” to be helmed by Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2”) from a script by Karl Gajdusek.
Based on Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini’s graphic novel, the story is set when, in a final response to fight terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts.
Graham Bricke (Ramirez), a career criminal who was never able to hit the big score, teams up with Kevin Cash (Pitt) and Shelby Dupree (Brewster) to commit the heist of the century and the last crime in American history before the signal goes off.
Fox21 Television Studios has reportedly optioned the rights to Jim Butcher’s long-running contemporary fantasy novel series “The Dresden Files” with plans to develop a series.
The story follows private investigator and wizard Harry Dresden, as he recounts investigations into supernatural disturbances in modern-day Chicago in his job as the world’s only ‘consulting wizard’.
He accepts supernatural cases from both human and nonhuman clients, as well as the Chicago PD’s Special Investigation unit and takes on an increasingly important role in the supernatural world at large.
Ileen Maisel and Temple Hill Entertainment are reportedly producing the series which won’t be linked to the previous 2007 adaptation which starred “Arrow’ actor Paul Blackthorne in the title role.
Following the success of breakout comedy Happy!, Universal Cable Prods. is adapting another Image Comics property into a TV series. UCP is developing Image Comics’ comic book series Ice Cream Man, which debuted in January.
Max and Adam Reid (Sneaky Pete) will write the adaptation. The duo will serve as executive producers alongside Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Jake Wagner of Good Fear Films. The project will be shopped to premium cable and streaming services.
Based on the namesake Image Comics series created by W. Maxwell Prince, Ice Cream Man is a horror-fantasy anthology series presented by its omnipresent narrator, the Ice Cream Man. Weaving a dark tapestry of tales from his truck, the Ice Cream Man peels back the layers of the suburban American psyche with stories that always end with a macabre twist.
The Ice Cream Man frames the stories for viewers with darkly wry observations about human nature and the cruel ironies of fate. That narrator structure and the twist-ending tone put Ice Cream Man in the tradition of classic television franchises such as The Twilight Zone,Night Gallery and Tales From the Crypt, the latter also an import from the comics world.
UCP also produces Syfy’s hit Happy!, based on Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel from Image. The studio’s comic-based series portfolio also includes the upcoming Umbrella Academy for Netflix.
Good Fear partners Bender and Weiner’s next film out is David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake starring Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough and Topher Grace. They are currently in production on Disney’s live-action Mulan with Niki Caro directing and Yifei Liu, Jet Li, Gong Li and Donnie Yen starring; and STX’s My Spy directed by Pete Segal with Dave Bautista starring. Other projects in development include Milk at New Line, Red Queen at Universal, Man Alive at 20th Century Fox, and Sweet Tooth at New Line.
Marvel Studios has premiered the first full trailer and poster for the 1990s-set “Captain Marvel,” the first Marvel Studios film with a female lead along with the first film prequel.
Oscar-winner Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers, a pilot with superhuman powers who gets caught up in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg reprise their roles of Nick Fury and Phil Coulson (thanks to digital de-aging), while “Guardians of the Galaxy” actors Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou also reprise their roles.
Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Gemma Chan, Lashana Lynch, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, and McKenna Grace co-star. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck direct from a script by Meg LeFauve with the film set for a March 8th 2019 release.
Writer Dan Wickline (30 Days of Night, SHADOWHAWK) and artist Phillip Sevy (Tomb Raider, THE TITHE) team up for THE FREEZE, an all-new science fiction series coming this December from Image/Top Cow.
The entire human population is frozen by a mysterious global event…all except Ray, and only he has the power to unfreeze them. Now—with the fate of the world in his hands—he must figure out what is going on, how to set things right again, and answer the question: does everyone deserve to be saved?
“THE FREEZE is a post-apocalyptic survival story where the biggest danger is man’s true nature,” said Wickline. “We strip the world down to one decent person and then give him the power to rebuild society from scratch, not knowing if those he awakens will benefit the new world or indulge their darkest inclinations. It’s an intriguing concept to explore as a writer, and Phillip is just hitting it out of the park with his art.”
“Great sci-fi is about taking a cool concept and using it as a vehicle to examine the choices,
attitudes, thoughts, and prejudices we, as people, have,” added Sevy. “The premise and its execution in THE FREEZE is what drew me to the project and keeps me fueled as I work on it. I can’t wait for people to read it—Dan’s written a great book!”
Advance praise for THE FREEZE:
“Wow! It so rare to find someone who can do the end of the world in a way we have not seen. But Dan Wickline and Phillip Sevy have pulled it off with their wicked apocalyptic game of freeze tag that has me wanting more…a lot more! Wickline’s usual sense of character is on full display while Sevy’s art is crisp and cinematic and serves the conflict beautifully. This is fantastic, intriguing stuff!”
—Adam Marcus (director of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday)
“It’s a great concept. I smell a movie adaptation.” —Dan Brereton (NOCTURNALS)
“THE FREEZE is kind of like… what if Left Behind was good, and less religious? A
fantastically fresh concept that begs to be explored, expertly rendered with art that’s surprisingly vibrant and dynamic for a book about people that literally can’t move.”
—Ryan Cady (INFINITE DARK)
Andy Diggle (THIEF OF THIEVES, Losers) and Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors) team up to bring Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri’s sci-fi/action series HARDCORE to life—coming this December from Image/Skybound. The series will feature cover art by award-winning artist Dan Panosian (SLOTS, Conan/Red Sonja).
“Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri’s action-packed concept immediately appealed to me,” said Diggle. “It’s been a pleasure to write and expand upon this idea, and I can’t wait for comic book readers to see where HARDCORE goes.”
Imagine being able to take over the body of anyone on Earth in order to track down a rogue nuke or assassinate a dictator. Sound crazy? Not for Agent Drake and the Hardcore Program. They can turn anyone—your neighbor, your co-worker, your spouse—into a human drone to get to targets that normal soldiers can’t.
Drake is the best soldier Hardcore has to offer. But when the Program itself gets hijacked, he finds himself stranded in a body—with only 72 hours to neutralize the threat. But who can he trust when his enemy can change their appearance as easily as the rest of us changes a shirt?
“I’m very happy and honored to have worked on HARDCORE,” added Vitti. “Seeing my name next to Andy Diggle for this project is fantastic. I’m thankful to Jon Moisan and his colleagues at Skybound, and Image, for giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait to share this project with readers!”