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Ellis & Hamner’s “Red” Headed to NBC as TV Series

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Ellis & Hamner’s “Red” Headed to NBC as TV Series

Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner’s limited series “Red,” which has already inspired two films, is headed to the small screen as an hour-long television series on NBC. Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, who penned the 2010 film and its sequel, will helm this latest adaptation alongside “Red” producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian.

Both the Wildstorm/Homage comic book series and the films followed a group of REDs (Retired Extremely Dangerous operatives) who come out of retirement after the CIA sends assassins after one of their own. According to Deadline, “the TV series version will retain the core concept of the films but will be set in a more grounded and authentic world, focusing on the characters’ darkly hilarious struggles to survive civilian life as they simultaneously fight for and against the very organization that threw them out.”

The films featured talent such as Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren and Karl Urban. However, there is no word if any of these stars will return for the show in any capacity. Ahead of the sequel’s release in 2013, the Hoebers were reportedly working on a script for a third film installment of “Red,” but there has been no indication since that the property will continue on the big screen.

Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, di Bonaventura and Vahradian will executive produce. The original “Red” film earned over $200 million at the international box office.

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