EXCLUSIVE: Michael Chiklis‘ 2010 IDW comic Pantheon is headed to television. The actor/producer has teamed with IDW Entertainment, the recently launched TV division of IDW Publishing, to develop and produce Pantheon as a scripted live-action television series. IDW Entertainment will fund the development of the project, co-produced by Circle of Confusion, which is attached to oversee packaging and creative development for the new company. Created by Chiklis, Anny Simon Beck and Marc Andreyko, the 5-issue Pantheon comic book series is a dark and stylized story of ancient Greek gods returning to a ravaged, chaotic near-future Earth, where they battle for the fate of mankind. The series is expected to feature Greek Gods resurfacing in present time. Search is under way for a showrunner to co-create the series with Chiklis. After it is developed internally, the project, eyed as direct-to-series, will be shopped to networks. Executive producing with Chiklis are Ted Adams and David Ozer of IDW Entertainment, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs of Circle of Confusion. There were two drama series projects about Greek gods in a contemporary setting last development season, both at Fox — Peter Berg/Taylor Sheridan‘s Olympus and Lisa Joy’s Athena, based on her graphic novel, Headache. Emmy winner Chiklis, repped by WME, most recently starred in and executive produced the CBS drama Vegas.
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