The critically acclaimed graphic novel series THE WOODS is being adapted into a television series on Syfy from director and producer Brad Peyton. Universal Cable Productions is the studio behind the project, which is being planned as an hourlong drama. Peyton will be co-executive producing alongside his producing partner Jeff Fierson with their production banner ASAP Entertainment, writer Michael Armbruster, and Boom!’s Ross Richie, Stephen Christy, and Josh Levy.
The comic hails from James Tynion IV and illustrator Michael Dialynas and focuses on a high school in Wisconsin which suddenly vanishes — student, teachers, workers, and parents who were at the school at the time — and reappears in the forest on the moon of a distant planet. Now the characters have to survive the new and dangerous environment, while also trying to find a way back home.
It’s currently on its 27th issue of a planned 36-issue run, making it one of the longest-running comics for Boom! Studios. It was recently named a 2016 Best Graphic Novel for Young Adults by YALSA.
This is the second collaboration between Boom! and Peyton, who is also set to direct Malignant Man based on the James Wan graphic novel, currently at 20th Century Fox. His most recent project, the horror film Incarnate starring Aaron Eckhart, was released today. He’s repped by CAA.
Armbruster’s previous work includes the 2011 drama Beautiful Boy co-starring Maria Bello and Michael Sheen. He’s repped by Gersh and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.
Currently, Boom! just finished production on the David Britten Prior film The Empty Man, which is the first feature film to come out of the publisher’s first-look pact with 20th Century Fox. On the small screen, they recently sold Hacktivist to the CW and Cow Boy at DreamWorks Animation TV. They’re repped by UTA.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor