Comics legend Grant Morrison has inked a big deal with Universel Cable Productions this week to develop new content for the studio, according to Variety, and part of that deal includes bringing his iconic and subversive comic The Invisibles to TV.
Morrison is currently a producer on Happy! for UCP, based on his own book with Darick Robertson, and he’s made quite the success of it, which means The Invisibles could finally materialize on the small screen. The comic is set in 2020, which’ll make the new TV project pretty damn timely, as we’re unlikely to see it premiere until then.
The Invisibles launched on Vertigo back in 1994, and follows a cell of ‘The Invisible College’, a secret group that battles oppression using time travel, magic, meditation, and good old fashioned ultraviolence, which ticks a lot of boxes on our list of things we want in a TV show. There was some interest in developing The Invisibles for TV from BBC Scotland years ago, but nothing ever came of it. You snooze, you lose, BBC Scotland!
We recently spoke to Grant Morrison about a number of subjects, and brought up how The Invisibles might be even more relevant in today’s political climate. While we weren’t talking specifically about the TV series (which we didn’t know about at the time) it was a revealing answer.
“Yeah, I mean, I think it has a lot to say,” Morrison told us. “I think what’s going on now is kind of more suited to the magical and occult ideas in The Invisibles because we’re in the time of meltdown as far as the boundaries between reality and illusion is concerned. They have dissolved quite considerably over the past few years. And I think where we are now is a very pliable, weird, bizarre time. And I think that partly that accounts for the Monty Python-ish elements of Green Lantern. We kind of feel that the only way to fight the absurdity is with more absurdity, to be honest.”
Morrison is indeed a busy man. Along with Happy! and The Invisibles, he’s also adapting Aldous Huxley’s classic tome Brave New World at UCP.
More on this as we get it.