EXCLUSIVE: LA-based Element 8 Entertainment and GRID/AT-Anim are partnering to develop a live-action TV adaptation of best-selling French graphic novel The Call Of The Stryx and have brought writer-director John Harrison onboard. Harrison’s credits include the Emmy-winning adaptation of iconic sci-fi work Dune and he recently created, wrote and directed Residue for Netflix. Harrison has also worked extensively with George A. Romero on his Tales From The Darkside, and other productions.

The Stryx series has been among the most popular adult graphic novels in France for nearly two decades and sold millions of copies. It is published by Delcourt Group, the leading French indie comic book publisher. Stryx has has been translated into nine languages. Amazon’s comiXology most recently launched the English version in the U.S.

Stryx follows an American secret agent, disgraced and on the run, who teams up with a mysterious female mercenary in his effort to clear his name. What they uncover along the way is a web of powerful interests that transcend governments, and a race of super creatures that have long inhabited the Earth.

“Provocative characters, epic storytelling, exotic locales, and a mythical creature that may not be all that it first appears, what more could I want?” said Harrison. “Stryx is that rare graphic novel series that is a writers’ dream come true.”