As Comic-Con is set to get underway in San Diego, Universal Cable Productions has unveiled an expanded slate of new genre development projects, including adaptations of Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves’ YA fantasy/sci-fi novel Interworld, along with The Woods and Bushido comic book series, and The Good Neighbors, based on the graphic novel.
Interworld is an adventurous tale of teenage dimension-walker Joey Harker and his quest to battle and save all people – in all possible dimensions. Everyone in the Interworld is a version of Joey, some only a little different, while others are different genders, different ages and even different species. What makes them all special is that they have the ability to “walk,” or travel from dimension to dimension. This also makes them a target for the Hex and the Binary factions, who yearn to conquer more dimensions by using these “walkers” as fuel. Jeffrey Seller, producer of hit Broadway musical Hamilton and his producing partner, former NBC executive Flody Suarez, will executive produce, along with Gaiman and Reeves.
UCP also has set Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four, The Exorcist) to adapt Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy, the iconic comic book series published by Dark Horse, previously announced as in development. The story involves a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers.
Other notable projects in UCP’s development pipeline include:
The Woods, a comic book written by James Tynion IV, art by Michael Dialynas and published by Boom! Studios. Michael Armbruster (“Beautiful Boy”) is attached to write.
Bushido, based on the Heroes and Villains/Top Cow Entertainment comic book series about a young Dutch boy who finds himself adopted by a high-ranking samurai. Roy Lee (The Departed, The Lego Movie), John Powers Middleton (Bates Motel, The Lego Movie) and Adam Stone (The Voices, Sleepless) will executive produce and Markus Goerg, Dick Hillenbrand & Mikhail Nayfeld of Heroes and Villains Entertainment are co-executive producers.
The Good Neighbors, based on the graphic novel by Holly Black & Ted Naifeh and written by Barbara Marshall. Marshall, Jon Shestack and The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Jeremy Bell will executive produce.
“UCP continues to expand our genre slate and collaborate with luminaries from the world of graphic novels and science fiction,” said Dawn Olmstead, EVP Development, Universal Cable Productions. “We’re proud and fortunate to be partnering with some of the most imaginative and talented auteurs in the business.”