IDW Publishing is back in the BBC America business. Following the “Doctor Who” license moving to Titan earlier this year, IDW announced plans Wednesday — hours before Preview Night at Comic-Con International in San Diego — to publish new comics based on the channel’s clone-centric sci-fi series “Orphan Black,” with a scheduled start of early next year. No further details, such as a creative team or more specific time frame, have been revealed.
The press release announcing the comic stated it “will not be a clone of the show but will feature all-new stories set in the complex and thrilling world of ‘Orphan Black,'” with IDW working closely with the show’s producers.
“‘Orphan Black,’ in addition to being a captivating TV series, is a perfect premise for comics,” IDW chief creative officer and editor-in-chief Chris Ryall said in a statement. “And as the second season has expanded the series in exciting new directions, that has only increased the amount of stories we’ll be able to tell in comic book form.”
A Canadian series, “Orphan Black” debuted in March 2013 on both BBC America and Canada’s Space network. The show, starring Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning (one of a number of clones), quickly attracted a hardcore fanbase and critical acclaim. Its second season wrapped last month; and a third has been ordered for 2015.
IDW has a long history with comic book adaptations of live-action television shows — beyond “Doctor Who” and “Orphan Black,” the San Diego-based publisher has also been home to comics based on “24,” “Angel,” “CSI” “The X-Files” and more.