Sonar Entertainment has optioned Tim Dorsey’s Serge Storms novels to develop as a TV series titled Florida Roadkill, after the first book in the franchise. Betas creators Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard are set to write the adaptation and executive produce. Jennifer Eatz, Danny Davids and Neil Canton, who control rights to the book, also are executive producing. Sonar, a production and distribution company, has been in the straight-to-series business, so Florida Roadkill likely is being developed with that model in mind.
A blackly comic crime drama, Florida Roadkill is based on an ongoing series of novels by Tampa-based author Dorsey, which chronicle the violent and bizarre adventures of a charismatic criminal named Serge Storms. While Serge suffers a range of mental illnesses that render him compulsive, paranoid and frequently homicidal, his strong sense of justice and rigid moral compass make him a compelling antidote to Florida’s ethically-challenged crooks and miscreants. When Storms emerges from a stint in Chatahootchee State Mental Hospital determined to turn over a new leaf, he finds his home city of Tampa corrupted by petty crooks and coked-up kingpins. Serge tries his best to rise above the madness, but with his criminal past closing in and his supply of anti-psychotics running out, it’s only a matter of time before he blows, taking Florida’s felons and bottom feeders with him.
Endicott & Stoddard created the Amazon comedy series Betas and are currently writers and producers on MTV’s upcoming The Shannara Chronicles, which Sonar Entertainment produces and partially finances with MTV. Sonar also has the Eli Roth-helmed series, South of Hell, produced by Blumhouse Productions, which premiered on WE tv last month, and the upcoming BBC/FX miniseries Taboo, starring Tom Hardy, from Scott Free. Endicott was formerly director of development at Alexander Payne’s production company Ad Hominem.
Endicott is repped by CAA and Jewerl Ross; Stoddard is with CAA and Writ Large. Dorsey is repped by Joel Gotler.