Brian K. Vaughan Signs Overall Deal With Legendary Entertainment

Comic book and television writer Brian K. Vaughan will work with Legendary Entertainment to adapt several of his works.

FX’s Y: The Last Man won’t be the last TV adaptation of a Brian K. Vaughan comic that we see, not by a long shot. 

Brian K. Vaughan has signed on with Legendary Entertainment to produce TV shows and films based on his considerable comic library, according to Deadline. As part of the deal, Legendary and Vaughan will work together to adapt several of his creator-owned comics for television and film in both “traditional” and “non-traditional” platforms. That’s right, your boy is ready to stream. Vaughan will also have the opportunity to develop new, original concepts for film and television. 

“Through truly inspired storytelling, Brian has created immersive, compelling worlds that are devoured by fans worldwide,” Nick Pepper, President of Legendary Television Studios said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Brian to bring his visions and extraordinary library of work to the screen.”

The partnership could be a good fit for Vaughan as Legendary recently got into the TV producing game with Netflix’s Lost in Space. The opportunity to expand across several mediums must be appealing. Vaughan is no stranger to TV writing himself, having written on Lost for three seasons and on Daredevil for one. 

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“Legendary was instrumental in helping to revolutionize the way the world thought of ‘comic-book movies,’ so it’s a tremendous honor to work with them on adaptations of some of my and my talented collaborators’ past and current comics, and I’m looking forward to hopefully creating a few wholly original stories with them, as well,” Vaughan said.

In addition to FX’s upcoming Y: The Last Man, an adaptation of Vaughan’s Runaways just debuted its second season at Hulu. Those are some of Vaughan’s higher profile projects but he still has an extensive canon of other comic book projects for Legendary to explore in this deal. Ex Machina follows superhero Mitchell Hundred after he is elected Mayor of New York. Paper Girls is a wistful nostalgic fantasy about four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls in a Cleveland suburb dealing with a threat from the future. 

Then there’s the unadapted Vaughan comic series that’s the elephant in the room of this deal…




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Science fiction Romeo and Juliet-esque epic Saga is Vaughan’s magnum opus…and one that he’s staunchly and repeatedly promised will never be adapted. Maybe he’ll change his mind now that he has more creative control over any potential project. Probably not. But maybe!

Alec Bojalad is TV Editor at Den of Geek and TCA member. Read more of his stuff here. Follow him at his creatively-named Twitter handle @alecbojalad