So, this is a hefty press release we just got from Universal Cable Productions. They're readying a slew of new TV shows based on comic book properties, from such heavyweights as Warren Ellis, Rick Remender, Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham.
First, and the one we're most excited about, is Five Ghosts. Five Ghosts, if you haven't read it, lives at Image Comics, is a perfect supernatural pulp-noir concept with some spectacularly atmospheric art by Chris Mooneyham. It's almost like something out of those crazy black and white adult-oriented Marvel magazines from the '70s. Go read it. Evan Daugherty (Divergent) is writing the pilot with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner (The Hangover) as executive producers.
Next up is Night Mary, adapted from the IDW graphic novel by Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer the story of "a young woman trained to be a lucid dreamer. Her father owns a sleep disorder clinic where she enters the dreams of his patients. When a patient is revealed to be a serial killer, she is placed in jeopardy as nightmares and reality become frighteningly intertwined."
"Of my creator-owned projects, Night Mary has always held a special place, definitely the best thing Kieron Dwyer and I created together,” said Rick Remender. “It's very gratifying to see it finding new footing as a television series, ten years after its initial publication, and with such a skilled team at the helm.”
And then there's an untitled Warren Ellis original series from Warren Ellis and Gale Anne Hurd.
"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," said Ellis.
“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,” added Hurd.
“We love genre at UCP and thankfully so do audiences. We've made it a priority to seek out great properties that will attract equally great creators to adapt them,” said Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, Universal Cable Productions. “From Warren’s dynamic plots and complex characters to the dark and suspenseful world of ‘Night Mary,’ and the creative mash-up of five literary icons in the cult hit ‘Five Ghosts,’ they are all provocative, distinctive and have the promise to be a whole lot of fun.”