On the heels of The Wicked + The Divine comic by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson landing three Eisner Award nominations, including best new series, the breakout books are headed to TV. Universal Television has optioned the rights to the property for Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Milkfed Criminal Masterminds; they will produce the project through the pod deal they recently inked with the studio. In addition to adapting their own comics and developing original concepts, under the pact with Uni TV, Fraction and DeConnick had planned to use Milkfed as a TV launchpad for other comic creators’ IP, which is the case with The Wicked + The Divine.
The Wicked + The Divine, which was launched by Image Comics in June 2014, centers on a group of people with superhuman powers known as “The Pantheon”. It won the Best Comic at the 2014 British Comic Awards. In Bleeding Cool’s survey of 2014 Best of Year lists, it appeared in 12, the most of any new creator-owned series.
Gillen and McKelvie, repped by the Rothman Brecher Agency and attorney Harris M. Miller II, first arrived on the comic scene with the release of their 2006 cult Image book Phonogram. They later collaborated for their GLAAD Award-winning run on Marvel’s Young Avengers. Gillen’s comic credits also include Marvel’s Star Wars: Darth Vader, Iron Man and Uncanny X-Men; Avatar’s Uber and Mercury Heat; and Image’s Three. McKelvie’s other work includes comics (Defenders, Secret Avengers, X-Men Season One), character costume design (Captain Marvel, Ms Marvel) and cover work (Nightcrawler, Ms Marvel, Captain Marvel).