Get ready for even more comic book shows: Universal Cable Productions announced today that it is partnering with comic book powerhouse Dark Horse Entertainment in a first-look deal that will allow Universal to focus on developing scripted material from Dark Horse’s comic library, as well as new material.
According to a press release, discussions for the deal began last year at San Diego Comic Con. “Dark Horse Entertainment has an incredible roster of fantastical, witty and mind bending stories,” said Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President of Development, Universal Cable Productions. “Their brand has conquered multiple media platforms and boasts iconic books that have attracted the highest level of writers. It’s going to be a wild and imaginative ride.”
Universal will help Dark Horse to maximize its roster of talent creators in order to develop character-driven programming in line with the company’s fanbase. “As the landscape of narrative storytelling evolves, Dark Horse is thrilled to be working in the golden age of television with Universal Cable Productions,” said Dark Horse President and founder Mike Richardson. “Their creative team has embraced the spirit of the Dark Horse brand and we’re proud to be partnered with them.”
Current projects in development include the horror-based Harrow County by Cullen Bunn with art by Tyler Crook; The Umbrella Academy, a superhero family story created by Gerard Way with art by Gabriel Ba; Concrete, the Eisner-award winning comic by Paul Chadwick and Back Up, a sci-fi technological adventure based on a feature script by Tom Vaughn written and executive produced by Kenny Golde with Brad Anderson (Almost Human) in talks to direct.