Blacksmith Graphic Novel Optioned by NBC

The spy thriller Blacksmith, based on the Kickstart graphic novel The Blacksmith by Malik Evans and Richard Sparkman, has been optioned by NBC and is currently in development.

Jeff Wadlow, writer, director and executive producer of Truth or Dare, will write and produce the show, alongside Michael Schreiber, Jon Shestack, Jeremy Stein, Bob Sobhani and Samantha Shear, according to Deadline. Jason Netter of Kickstart will also produce and oversee development of the drama for the comic publisher.

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Blacksmith follows Alex Malloy, a renowned architect of advanced weaponry for the United States government and its intelligence communities. He’s forced out of the lab and into a life of action after discovering that the plans for several of his weapons have been stolen by parties unknown. It’s a race against time as he tries to thwart the thieves before his designs can be corrupted and used to hurt innocent people.

Wadlow’s most recent film was the horror thriller Truth or Dare, which he co-wrote, directed and executive produced. Previously, he wrote and directed Kick-Ass 2, executive produced The Strain and was a consulting producer on Bates Motel. He’s currently set to direct the Fantasy Island feature film, starring Michael Peña and Dave Bautista.

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Blacksmith is in development and does not currently have a release date.

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