The upcoming DC digital service, which was just officially named DC Universe, has given a script-to-series order to Swamp Thing, a drama based on the DC characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. The project hails from James Wan’s Atomic Monster in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Contingent on a script, Swamp Thing is targeting a 2019 premiere on DC Universe, which is set for a launch later this year with the live-action Titans and animatedYoung Justice: Outsiders as its first two original series. Titans was supposed to be followed by Metropolis, about Lois Lane and super villain Lex Luthor. The live-action drama, which had a 13-episode straight-to-series order for a 2019 debut, will now be redeveloped.
DC Universe’s series to date headed to air include WBTV’s Titans, and Warner Bros. Animation’s Young Justice: Outsiders and Harley Quinn.
Written by Mark Verheiden (Ash vs. Evil Dead) and It co-writer Gary Dauberman, Swamp Thing centers on CDC researcher Abby Arcane. When she returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.
Verheiden and Dauberman executive produce with Atomic Monster’s James Wan and Michael Clear, while the company’s Rob Hackett seres as co-producer.
Wein and Wrightson’s DC characters were the subject in the 1982 horror film Swamp Thing written and directed by Wes Craven and starring Ray Wise, Adrienne Barbeau, Louis Jordan and Dick Durock as Swamp Thing. It spawned a 1989 sequel, The Return of Swamp Thing .
This marks Verheiden’s return to the DC universe. He previously did stints as a writer-producer on Warner Bros. TV’s young Superman drama series Smallville and on Constantine. His comic book TV series credentials also include a tenure on Netflix’s Daredevil. Verheiden is repped by CAA, Untitled, and Nelson Davis.
Wan, whose credits include the Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring horror franchises, is coming off a collaboration with DC Entertainment as co-writer and director of the upcoming Aquaman movie. Wan, who also executive produces CBS’ MacGyver‘s reboot, is repped by Paradigm, Stacey Testro International, and attorney David Fox. Dauberman, who is co-writing the sequel to the horror hit It, is repped by ICM Partners, Industry Entertainment, and Eric Suddleson.