BOOM! Studios, 20th Century Fox Extend Relationship to TV

BOOM! Studios and 20th Century Fox TV have entered into a first-look deal, as reported Wednesday by Deadline. Under the agreement, the studio has the first crack at adapting original properties throughout the various imprints of BOOM! Studios -- BOOM! proper, along with Archaia, BOOM! Box and all-ages line KaBOOM! -- for both broadcast and cable TV.

"BOOM! is one of the most creative and prolific comic book and graphic novel publishers around, with a fantastic library and an incredible pipeline of new, exciting properties," 20th TV's president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis is quoted by Deadline.

The deal is similar to the existing first-look deal between BOOM! and Fox's film division, announced last October. As in that arrangement, BOOM! Studios founder and CEO Ross Richie and president of development (and former Archaia editor-in-chief) Stephen Christy will serve as executive producers on any potential adaptations. Deadline states that the company plans to hire a development executive to focus on television -- following the initial first-look deal with Fox, BOOM! hired Adam Yoelin as senior vice president of film.

The first-look deal with 20th Century Fox's film side followed the success of "2 Guns," a Universal Pictures production -- based on a BOOM! Studios miniseries -- that grossed $131.9 million worldwide in 2013. This agreement comes after "Unthinkable," based on the BOOM! comic by Mark Sable and Julian Totino Tedesco and developed by 20th Century Fox TV, received a put pilot commitment -- meaning the pilot will either air, or the network will owe the studio a substantial fee -- from the Fox network.

Currently, BOOM! comics "Malignant Man," "The Foundation" and "Rust" are all in development at 20th Century Fox. "Day Man" is in the works at Universal.

Comic books-based series will have a major presence on network TV in the upcoming season, with two shows -- "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Marvel's Agent Carter" -- based on Marvel characters, and five from DC Comics' library -- "Arrow," "The Flash," "Gotham," "Constantine" and "iZombie" -- on the 2014-2015 schedule. In 2010, AMC's adaptation of Image Comics' "The Walking Dead" debuted, and subsequently became one of the most popular shows on television and a multimedia pop culture phenomenon.

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