By: Adam Basciano
The comic book/superhero takeover of television has just grown by two. With the success of GOTHAM, Fox is keen on staying in the genre, giving DC Comics property “Lucifer” s pilot order. The character first appeared in Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman”, before getting his own comic book. ” Jerry Bruckheimer and Sleepy Hollow EP Len Wiseman have boarded the drama. From Californication creator Tom Kapinos, the drama centers on Lucifer, who is bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell and resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the beauty of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals.” I don’t know much about the character, but with “Sandman” on my must read list, I’ll do my due diligence to get familiar with him soon. I loved the “Underworld” films, that Len Wiseman created, and Jerry Bruckheimer has more hits then misses in Hollywood. Add the man behind Californication to the mix, and you have a show/concept with great potential.
Another superhero property is coming to television, and it’s another obscure one I have no knowledge about. “Dreadstar” is coming to TV. Universal Cable Productions and Benderspink are teaming with legendary comic book artist and creator Jim Starlin to develop the superhero series, UCP announced Tuesday. Starlin (“Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Captain Marvel” and the “Infinity Gauntlet” Trilogy) will serve as an exec producer and writer on the project. Ford Gilmore will also produce. The sci-fi series will follow the classic ’80s character from Marvel’s Epic Comics, Vanth Dreadstar, the sole survivor of the entire Milky Way galaxy, and his crew, including cyborg sorcerer Syzygy Darklock, on their dangerous journey to end an ancient war between two evil empires, the Church of the Instrumentality, run by the Lord Papal, and the Monarchy, led by King Gregzor.” The concept has me very intrigued. And the fact that the legendary comic book writer is heavily involved in the process is always welcome in my book. I will definitely be tracking down some back issues.
(Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Variety)