Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross / Fremantle Media
In what certainly belongs in the “Well, it’s about time” category of production companies finding source material in comics, it looks like FremantleMedia North America has picked up the rights to develop Kurt Busiek’s long-running comics series KURT BUSIEK’S ASTRO CITY as a television drama series.
Created by writer Kurt Busiek and artists Brent Anderson and Alex Ross in 1995, the creator-owned comic series has run for over twenty years, first at Image Comics and currently at DC imprint Vertigo Comics. It’s meant to be an expansive superhero universe made up over 2,000 characters who have been followed over the course of 16 volumes since the series debut. Busiek fully owns the book in a similar way as Robert Kirkman does The Walking Dead and other comics series.
Astro City was conceptualized from out of Busiek’s previous work at Marvel Comics, particularly with the mini-series Marvels, which like Astro City, explores how normal people view the increasing number of superhumans in their world. It’s an incredibly rich and robust comic full of characters and stories that could easily transition into a long-running television drama.
Busiek will write the pilot for the series with Rick Alexander, while former DC exec. Gregory Noveck will serve as exec. producer of the proposed series along with Alexander and Busiek.
Repped by lawyer Harris Miller, Busiek is the winner of multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards, the most prestigious prizes in the comic book world, including many specifically for Astro City, which is currently at over 51 issues with its sporadic release schedule. Busiek’s other most recent original comic series is The Autumnlands with artist Benjamin Dewey.
Alexander already has some experience adapting a critically-acclaimed comic book series as he is the exec. producer on EuropaCorp Television’s series based on Howard Chaykin’s cutting edge ’80s comic American Flagg! and is developing an action-horror film called Gravel with UK comics writer Warren Ellis for Legendary Entertainment. Alexander is repped by Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston and Sloane Offer.
Repped by WME, Noveck and his Slow Learner company are developing George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards at Universal Cable Productions and James Patterson’s Virgin at Sonar.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor