Almost as soon as "Heroes" actor Milo Ventimiglia announced his 2008 comic book series "Rest," everyone began wondering when it would be picked up by a movie studio or television network. The waiting is over now, though, as it looks like the project is headed to NBC for development as a TV series.
According to Deadline, "Rest" received a script commitment from producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and Ventimiglia will star in and executive produce the drama series based on his comic about a workaholic who volunteers to test an experimental drug that eliminates the need for sleep. Ventimiglia's Divide Pictures producing partner Russ Cundiff will also executive produce the series, along with Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins from "Rest" comic publisher Top Cow, and writer Philip Levens ("Smallville"), who will adapt the comic for television.
“It’s really about the struggle of this one guy against a government conspiracy,” Ventimiglia told MTV News back in 2008 when the series launched. “I equate it to two trains running, and when they intersect, there will be a huge disaster.”
At the time, Ventimiglia called "Rest" a natural fit for him if a live-action adaptation evolved from the comic, but stopped short of framing it as a vanity project.
“With ‘Rest,’ it was a natural fit, but I don’t want everything to be Milo-centric,” the actor said. “It doesn’t matter if the character or the actor playing him has dark hair or light hair or blue eyes or brown eyes. It’s unnecessary to have someone look like me. I just want us to tell great stories.”