“The Walking Dead” returns this Sunday (October 14), and “Arrow” already enjoyed a hugely successful series premiere earlier this week. Is now the time of the comic book television revolution? Two just-announced projects are certainly hoping so!
Deadline reports that “The Sixth Gun,” the Oni Press graphic novel from Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt about mysterious gunslinger Drake Sinclair and his mythical firearm, is heading to television courtesy of “Lost” co-showrunner Carlton Cuse. The project is being produced by Universal TV, with no home network announced just yet.
It’s the second comic book project that Cuse has attached his name to in recent weeks; he’ll also serve as showrunner on “The Strain” for FX, based on the comics and novel series from Guillermo del Toro.
Beyond “The Sixth Gun,” the Image Comics series “Peter Panzerfaust” is also in the works for a live-action scripted series from BBC Worldwide Productions and Quality Transmedia. Based on a story by Kurtis J. Weibe and art from Tyler Jenkins, “Panzerfaust” retells the Peter Pan myth through the lens of World War II, with Peter teaming up with a ragtag group of orphans to combat a Nazi threat led by Captain Hook.
On top of all that, comic book scribe Ed Brubaker — perhaps best known for his run on “Captain America,” as well as his noir comics “Fatale” and “Criminal” — has landed two separate TV projects at Fox and NBC, the former landing crime thriller “Rising Suns,” the latter scoring an untitled Secret Agent project.
TL;DR – There’s lots of awesomeness to look forward to in the comics-television department.
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