20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to develop Ollie Masters and Tyler Jenkins’ Snow Blind graphic novel into an hourlong series. Vaun Wilmott, executive producer on Prison Break and showrunner for Dominion, will develop the script.
While the rights to develop comic books into television series are frequently purchased by Hollywood, there’s always a chance the resulting script might never reach the air. In this case, it seems that Fox is serious about Snow Blind, as the company has not only committed to producing a script, but has also bought into a script penalty, meaning that if a pilot isn’t produced from a script then Fox will have to pay the comic’s publisher, Boom! Studios (and presumably Masters and Jenkins).
Snow Blind follows Sheriff Billy Bowden, whose past life of crime is laid bare for all to see when a story about him goes viral, revealing that he and his family are, in fact, part of the Witness Protection Program. Billy’s criminal pursuers descend on the town, along with a gang of FBI agents hot on their heels.
Fox recently took a minority stake in Boom! Studios. The comic book publisher has a first-look deal with both 20th Television and 20th Century Fox.
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