IM Global Television and IDW Entertainment are partnering to co-develop and co-produce action drama LD50 with The Insurgents writer-director-producer Scott Dacko, as both a TV series and comic book series. IDW Publishing, whose titles include Hasbro’s Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, and Jem and the Holograms, will publish comic books based on the story for release in the summer.
Dacko will write the script and executive produce. LD50 is described as an expansive, thought-provoking character drama set in a world in which a virus has decimated the male population and created a tenuous balance between a small pocket of healthy people and the infected women who surround them.
“Given our similarities in taste and the complementary nature of our businesses, David Ozer and I have been looking for something to work on together for a while,” said IM Global Television President Mark Stern. “I couldn’t be happier to partner with them on LD50. Hopefully, it will be the first of many more to come.”
Said IDW Entertainment President David Ozer: “We are thrilled to be in business with IM Global. Their continued aggressive growth into the television business coupled with great creative on LD50 made this a very easy decision.”
IDW Entertainment’s current shows include BBC America’s Dirk Gently, written and executive produced by Max Landis, and Wynonna Earp, which airs on Syfy. IDWE recently completed production on the pilot Brooklyn Animal Control for USA Network and also has theatrical film projects in development including Chris Ryall’s and Ashley Wood’s Zombies vs. Robots with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony.
IM Global Television’s current slate includes an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle with Noah Hawley at FX; TNT pilot Time of Death with M. Night Shyamalan; music series Muscle Shoals, executive produced by Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski’s Infinitum Nihil, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced and Joshua D. Maurer and Alixandre Witlin’s City Entertainment; true-life crime drama Patrolman P, with director/executive producer Antoine Fuqua; and an adaptation of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s (Mists of Avalon) Darkover books at Amazon.
“IM Global and IDW both have business models that complement each other well,” said IDW Publishing CEO and Publisher Ted Adams. “Scott Dacko has created an incredible world in LD50 that will make for a fantastic comic and television series.”