It seems that comic-to-TV adaptations become more and more common, and now some of those involved with making the Walking Dead television show are teaming up with one of the best comic writers, Warren Ellis. In addition, even more comic properties seem to be headed to the small screen as Night Mary and Five Ghosts (pictured above) have been optioned.
Ellis, writer of such things as Iron Man: Extremis, Red, Transmetropolitan, and much, much more, has signed up with Walking Dead produced Gale Ann Hurd and Valhalla Entertainment to create an entirely new television project with Universal Cable Productions. No word on what it is yet, but this is Ellis’ first original venture into television, so it’ll be exciting to see what he comes up with.
Ellis and Hurd both had a little something to say about the project:
Ellis: “I’ve been strongly drawn to television over the last few years, and working with brilliant and determined collaborators like Gale and the UCP team, I’m delighted at the opportunity to add my voice to the new, novelistic TV form that’s evolved so dramatically.”
Hurd: “There are very few writers who have been able to so completely influence a medium as Warren has with comic books. I am very excited to be able to collaborate in bringing his unique vision to television for the first time.”
In addition to Ellis jumping into TV, Universal has also obtained TV rights to IDW’s Night Mary and the Kickstarter success and Image Comics published Five Ghosts.
Night Mary follows a young woman trained to be a lucid dreamer, but when she enters the mind of serial killer, her life is in danger as nightmares and reality become intertwined. John Pogue has been signed to write and direct the pilot.
Five Ghosts follows a thief and treasure hunter in the 1930s who is possessed by five literary ghosts (Merlin, Dracula, Robin Hood, Musashi, and Sherlock Holmes) and can borrow their powers for his own use. Originally a Kickstarter project in 2012, Five Ghosts went on to become an ongoing series at Image Comics. Evan Daugherty is attached to write the pilot and executive-produce.
It’s incredibly interesting to see more comics make the jump from pages to TV screens in the wake of the success of Walking Dead. Even more interesting is that Night Mary and Five Ghosts don’t necessarily seem like ideas that would immediately be thought of as TV shows. As a comic fan, I personally will take all the comic adaptations I can get.
Comic book movies are already dominating the box office, so why shouldn’t they dominate the TV listings?
Source: Coming Soon