Darkness Visible comic series is getting TV series treatment. IDW Entertainment is developing, financing and producing a new scripted series based on Mike Carey and Arvind Ethan David’s hit comic miniseries.
Originally announced during 2016’s New York Comic-Con, and published and released by IDW Publishing in February, Darkness Visible takes place in a world in which demons helped the Allied powers win World War 2, and humanity has reluctantly agreed to share the world with another sentient race. Sixty years later, this uneasy co-existence has spawned an endless terrorist conflict. Detective Daniel Aston, charged with being the thin blue line between the two sides, is tested to the limit when a demon sets up house inside his soul. Darkness Visible is both a supernatural thriller and a meditation on race, immigration, terrorism and politics in a world radically different, but also scarily similar to our own.
“All of us at IDW are eager to enter into this amazing creative partnership that brings like-minded creatives together on an amazingly inventive project that really challenges all of our collective talents,” said IDWE President David Ozer. “When you have the best in the business pushing others who are equally talented and imaginative, the expected results are going to be mind-blowing.”
David, under the Ideate Media production banner (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency), will also serve as executive producer, along with Carey (Girl with All the Gifts,) and Cavan Ash (The Infidel, Tormented), Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy (Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game and upcoming series The Haunting of Hill House) and IDWE’s (Locke & Key, Wynonna Earp, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency) CEO Ted Adams and President David Ozer.
The series announcement coincides with IDW Publishing’s trade paperback collection release this week of Darkness Visible.
“I am delighted to be working again with my friends at IDW,” said David. “Daniel Aston is a very different sort of detective from Dirk Gently but they have in common: being deeply British, an abiding suspicion of supernatural forces beyond their control, and an unconventional approach to investigation. To have a producer of Trevor Macy’s acuity and track-record on board and to be co-writing with Mike Carey, a comic-book legend and an old-school gentleman, make this a very special team working on a very special project.”
“Darkness Visible was an opportunity to create a supernatural thriller with a razor-sharp political edge,” explains Carey. “And it’s only become more topical since Arvind and I first dreamed it up. Now, working with professionals who know and care about story, I’m very excited to bring Darkness Visible to the screen and look forward to working with IDW, Intrepid Pictures and my good friends at Ideate Media.”
“Working creatively with Mike and Arvind has been very compelling, and with the comics, IDW has been crucial in bringing the vision to life. This world is exciting to step into because it’s different than anything on television, and we all look forward to introducing audiences to it.” said Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy.