Amazon is making plans to expand its original programming, and writer Greg Rucka and artist Michael Lark's Image Comics series Lazarus will be a part of the push. Rucka and Lark will executive produce the series alongside Angela Cheng Caplan.
Deadline reports the streaming service is looking to find the next hit TV series, with the goal of "fast-tracking big-scope genre drama series in the mold of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead." Amazon's new Head of Event Series, Sharon Tal, is responsible for the new programming focus, which sees Lazarus joined by Ringworld (based on Larry Niven's 1970s sci-fi book series) and Snow Crash (based on a Neal Stephenson novel).
Legendary Television and producer Matt Tolmach originally acquired the rights to the creator-owned series back in 2015, but today's news signals a change in not only the studio but also producers. Lazarus would mark the second comic book adaptation to land at Amazon, with The Tick premiering over the summer.
Lazarus debuted in June 2013, and is set in a dystopian future ruled by wealthy families. The main character is Forever Carlyle — the genetically enhanced “Lazarus” of the Carlyle family. No release date has been announced for Lazarus.