TV versions of Night Mary, Five Ghosts, & untitled Warren Ellis series announced

News Louisa Mellor
24 Jul 2014 - 06:10

TV versions of Five Ghosts, Night Mary, and Warren Ellis' first original TV series? Where do we sign?

San Diego Comic-Con now in full swing, Universal has announced a host of new in-development comic-to-TV adaptations, including an as-yet untitled collaboration between Warren Ellis and Gale Anne Hurd's production company.

First up is a TV version of Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham's Five Ghosts, a 1930s-set adventure story about a treasure hunter with the titular number of spectres living inside him. The twist (as if that premise needs more) is that said ghosts are literary phantoms Merlin, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Musashi and Dracula, all of whose abilities the hunter can dip into as necessary. Sounds pretty exciting, huh? UCP agrees, and has optioned the TV rights to the series. The headache of portraying all that on the screen belongs to pilot writer Evan Daugherty (Snow White And The Huntsman).

Next is Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer's Night Mary, the tale of a young lucid dreamer able to enter the dreams of her father's sleep clinic patients, who stumbles upon something dangerous in one of their subconsciouses. The Quiet Ones' John Pogue will be writing the pilot script for that one.

Last but certainly not least is the news that Warren Ellis,  comic book writer and story advisor on any number of animated and live-action comics properties, is developing his first original TV show with the production company of sci-fi and fantasy great, Gale Anne Hurd (recently, The Walking Dead, but before that, The TerminatorThe Abyss and many, many more). More news on that as it arrives.

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