When Hollywood snaps up comic creators, they snap them up fast.
The Hollywood Reporter has news that Ed Brubaker, best known for his acclaimed run on Marvel’s Captain America andcreator-owned titles like Criminal and Fatale, has signed deals for two television pilots with two separate networks. At Fox, Brubaker will team with Awake producer Kyle Killen for Rising Suns, a crime drama focusing on an American Yakuza underboss on the run from a female FBI agent. Meanwhile, NBC has picked up an untitled Brubaker-written espionage drama that will be produced by Universal Television alongside executive producers Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan, who are at work on the mideseason replacement Do No Harm.
CBR readers doubtlessly saw this coming months ago as Brubaker teased both projects in an interview on the future of Fatale and his writing career. “I’ve got blind deals for two TV pilots this year,” he said in August. “Technically, that means I’ll be writing two TV pilots, and one pitch is completely original while the other is based on this comic idea I’ve got. It’s an odd situation, but I’m still trying to learn how to navigate these waters more than anything. It’s a learning experience.”
Of course, as a comics lifer the writer has no intention of stopping his comics work if his pilots are picked up for series. Aside from Fatale with Sean Phillips, Brubaker has been promising another new creator-owned series to debut next year.