NBC Signs Huge Deal to Develop Dark Horse Comics Into TV Shows

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 - 4:09PM
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Tuesday, 07 July 2015 - 4:09PM
NBC Signs Huge Deal to Develop Dark Horse Comics Into TV Shows
Dark Horse Comics has just signed a huge deal with NBC's television company, Universal Cable Productions, to develop their properties into television shows. According to the press release, the deal will "focus on developing and producing scripted programming from Dark Horse's extensive comics library as well as new material." Several adaptations are already in the works, including Harrow County, The Umbrella Academy, Back Up, and Concrete.

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"As the landscape of narrative storytelling evolves, Dark Horse is thrilled to be working in the golden age of television with Universal Cable Productions," said Dark Horse president and founder Mike Richardson. "Their creative team has embraced the spirit of the Dark Horse brand and we're proud to be partnered with them."
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Dark Horse is best known for iconic series such as Sin City and Hellboy, as well as comic continuations of beloved cinematic franchises like Aliens, Predator, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel. While their most famous adaptations have been films, they are no stranger to television adaptations, including Syfy's recent adaptation of the graphic novel Dark Matter.

Here are the series currently in development from the deal, along with their official summaries:

Harrow County


Emmy has always known that the deep, dark woods surrounding her home crawled with ghosts, goblins, and the restless dead. On the eve of her 18th birthday, she learns that she is connected to these creatures and to the land itself in a way she never imagined, for she is the reincarnation of a powerful witch who was put to death on the very day Emmy was born. For this reason, the townsfolk mean to kill her too. In order to survive, Emmy must embrace the unusual powers at her command. This project is based on the brand new book written by Cullen Bunn ("The Damned," "The Sixth Gun") and illustrated by Tyler Crook ("Bad Blood").

The Umbrella Academy


Nine years after parting ways, the estranged members of the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers, must figure out how to work together to save the world. Created by Gerard Way (lead singer of "My Chemical Romance," and writer of "The True Lies of the Fabulous Killjoys") and Gabriel Ba (Daytripper); Bluegrass films is also attached to executive produce.

Back Up


In the near future, a new technology allows people to be backed up the same way we now back up our computers-but instead of protecting against drive failure, these backups protect against death. This project is based on a feature script by Tom Vaughn. Kenny Golde is set to write and executive produce, Brad Anderson ("Zoo", "Almost Human") is in negotiations to direct. Jim Wedaa is also attached to executive produce.

Concrete


After his subconscious is transplanted into a hulking stone body, Ronald Lithgow must come to terms with his new form and try to live a normal life. This Eisner award-winning title is the opus of comics legend Paul Chadwick.
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