NBC has put into development Hawaiian Dick, a one-hour comedic action series based on the graphic novels, which is being produced by Johnny Knoxville, David Janollari, Eric Gitter and 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg. The script is written by feature scribes Paul Lovett & David Elliot, whose credits include G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra. Universal TV is the studio.

nbclogo__130422182418-150x150The property had at one time been optioned by New Line Cinema as a feature film, most recently with Knoxville attached to star. Knoxville is not attached as an actor to the TV project.

The Image Comics graphic novels, from writer B. Clay Moore and artist Steven Griffin, center on a stateside cop, Byrd, who is exiled to Hawaii in the early 1950s and finds himself immersed in a dark and dangerous paradise. The tropical noir mixes procedural elements with humor and the supernatural. There are two trade paperbacks available and three separate miniseries, with the next installment going into presales early next year.

Lovett and Elliot, whose credits also include Four Brothers, are repped by WME, Principato Young and McKuin Frankel Whitehead. Knoxville, whose latest producing effort is the upcoming docu Being Evel, is repped by CAA, 3 Arts, and Sloane, Offer. Janollari, who is under an overall deal at Uni TV, is repped by Del, Shaw. Gitter is a feature producer whose latest pic, The Coldest City with Charlize Theron and James McAvoy, is ready to begin production in Budapest. He is repped by WME, Primary Wave and Marin & Goodman.