With “Heroes” behind him, Milo Ventimiglia is finally getting some “Rest.”
Deadline reports that the actor, lifelong comic book fan and recently minted comic book creator is set to star in a television adaptation of “Rest,” the comic book series he co-created with his Divide Pictures producing partner Russ Cundiff. Ventimiglia’s latest project sees him returning to familiar territory on two fronts: not only is “Rest” a comics-based series similar to the superhero-themed “Heroes,” but the TV show will air on NBC, the network that once housed the recently canceled series. Ventimiglia and Cundiff are both serving as executive producers on the project alongside Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins from Top Cow, the comic book company responsible for publishing “Rest.” “Smallville” writer Philip Levens has been tapped to adapt the comic book for the small screen.
“Rest” tells the story of John Barrett, a work-obsessed New York City resident without much time for a social life. When an old friend encourages Barrett to enroll in a testing program for a new drug that supposedly eliminates the need for sleep, Barrett agrees — but as a result, he grows addicted to the drug and finds himself facing down a potentially world-changing conspiracy as a result.
Written by Mark Powers with art by Shawn McManus and Marco Castiello, the first six issues of “Rest” were collected as a trade paperback released at last month’s New York Comic Con. Keep it locked into CBR News and Spinoff Online for more details on “Rest” as they become available and check out the following CBR TV interview with Ventimigila when the actor was promoting the comic.